During his two-day visit to Vietnam beginning next Monday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will discuss measures to step up bilateral ties in various fields with his Vietnamese counterpart.
The agenda of the visit, which will be made at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, will focus on fields in which the Netherlands holds advantages, including agriculture, maritime economy, energy, logistics, and climate change adaptation.
The visit is also expected to offer a good opportunity for enterprises of both countries to seek business partners and share information about the investment and business environment in each country.
Since their diplomatic ties were set up in April 1973, the bilateral relations between Vietnam and the Netherlands have increasingly developed.
The Netherlands has been one of the leading EU countries to provide non-refundable aid for Vietnam in health, food safety, education and environment.
The Netherlands has also supported Vietnam in coping with climate change and water management.
Last year, the two-way trade hit over US$3.6 billion, and the Netherlands is now Vietnam’s third largest importer in Europe after Germany and the UK.
With 192 projects worth about $6.29 billion, the Netherlands ranked 11th among the 96 nations and territories investing in Vietnam in 2013.