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Date 08/09/2022-16:44:00 PM
Minister Nguyen Chi Dung receives Ireland’s Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
(MPI) - Minister Nguyen Chi Dung hosts a reception for visiting Ireland’s Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Martin Heydon on September 8.
At the reception. Photo: MPI

At the meeting, both sides agreed on measures to deepen the Vietnam-Ireland relationship, leveraging its to a new heigh in the context that the two countries share many common such as an agricultural-based economy, innovation and science and technology promotion to make full use of the agriculture.

Minister Dung spoke highly of the close and effective relationship between Vietnam and Ireland, emphasised that the Vietnamese Government always attaches importance and wishes to promote relations with Ireland in all fields; noted that there is still ample room for cooperation to commensurate with its political relations.

The Government of Vietnam gives priority to develop the agricultural sector and views agriculture as an essential pillar for the economy. The country has issued the National Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Strategy 2021-2030, vision to 2050 with the goal is to build agricultural commodity production and develop agriculture based on local advantages with high, sustainable productivity, high quality, high efficiency, and strong competitiveness. The minister said Vietnam aprreciates Ireland’ experiences to help Vietnam move forward faster and achieve its development goals.

Minister Dung suggested Ireland continue to assisting Vietnam, sharing experiences in supporting small and medium-sized enterprises, particularly those in the agricultural sector to improve their capacity and become a bridge between the two countries’ businesses. Notably, the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) is building the Creative Agriculture Centre, in which establish a research base to support the agricultural production. In order for Vietnamese agricultural products to participate in international and the European market, the centre hopes to recieve technology transfer, science and technology application, personnel training from the Irish side.

Vietnam will promote the circular agriculture, organic agriculture with high efficiency to develop a green economy and improve its competitiveness, he said. The country calls on Irish businesses to invest in the Vietnamese market and continue to support the private sector through the agricultural sector, making agriculture as a symbol of the two countries’ cooperation.

MPI Minister Nguyen Chi Dung (right) and Irish Minister or State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Martin Heydon. Photo: MPI

For his part, Irish Minister Martin Heydon agreed with the minister’s proposals and said, there is still lots of potentials for closer coordination between the two countries, especially with great support of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).

He informed his host on the Ireland’s Sustainable Food System (SFSI), affirmed that Irish sides will cooperate closely with Vietnamese agencies to effectively implement joint programs and projects.

Martin suggested Vietnam creates favorable conditions for Irish community to invest and do business while strengthening the two countries’ cooperation based on promoting economic - trade development and the agricultural sector to increase their mutual benefits.

On the occasion, he invited Minister Dung to pay a visit and learn about potentials, innovation centres in Ireland when it was in a favorable condition./.

Bao Linh
Ministry of Planning and Investment

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