Amsterdam (VNA) – Vietnam and the Netherlands agreed to promote cooperation in
innovation and creative agriculture during a working visit of Minister of
Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung to the European country from February 21-23.
At a meeting with the Brainport Eindhoven hi-tech park, Dung encouraged
Brainport Eindhoven to share experience and promote cooperation with the Vietnam National
Innovation Centre (NIC) in order to realise the signed Memorandum of
Understanding on Cooperation (MoU) and support NIC in applying hi-tech ecosystem and Triple Helix cooperation models which are suitable to Vietnam’s conditions while
connecting Dutch enterprises in the field investing in Vietnam, especially in the Hoa Lac hi-tech park.
At the World
Horti Centre (WHC), the minister proposed the centre to
support and cooperate with Vietnam in building a horticulture
centre in the Southeast Asian country’s northern region in an attempt to
have more opportunities to cooperate, share experience and facilitate
technology transfer between the two sides.
On this occasion, the Enterprise Development Agency under the Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investment, and the Netherlands-Vietnam Horti Business Platform inked an MoU on empowering Vietnamese small and medium
sized enterprises, strengthening cooperation and bolstering joint economic
development between the two countries in the field of horticulture.
At a meeting
with Lara Muller, Director for Public Sector of Invest International,
the two sides reviewed several Netherlands-funded projects in
Vietnam, both in the public and private sectors in many areas such as infrastructure,
climate, water management, agriculture, garment and textiles, among others.
said that the fund is considering aid for a number of potential projects in
Vietnam in the fields of coastal protection in Phan Thiet, groundwater replenishment and storage in the Mekong Delta region, and offshore wind power development.
For his part, Dung affirmed that Vietnam has made great efforts to fulfill its
commitments at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 26) while expressing
his hope that the fund will continue to support Vietnam’s projects in building an
innovation ecosystem at NIC, helping the country in the transformation process of green, digital and knowledge-based economy and sustainable development./.