|Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha receives Canadian Ambassador to Vietnam Shawn Steil. (Photo: VNA)
After 50 years of diplomatic relations and 5 years of the Comprehensive Partnership, Vietnam-Canada relations have been raised to a new height. Bilateral trade turnover between the two countries reached USD7 billion in 2022.
Canada is Vietnam's second largest trading partner in the Americas and Vietnam is Canada's largest trading partner in Southeast Asia.
Cooperation between the two countries is increasingly deepening in the fields of environmental protection, education and training, science and technology, and response to climate change.
Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha shared about the successes of the Vietnam-Canada Environment Project (VCEP) implemented in the period 1995-2006, contributing to supporting Vietnam to step by step build organizational structure, personnel, a system of legal documents and technical regulations on environmental management to accompany the development of the green economy, circular economy and sustainability.
He also highly appreciated Canada's positive actions within the framework of implementing the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) of the Group of 7 industrialized countries (G7) and international partners with which Vietnam also joins, saying that the two countries need to promote a typical model of cooperation in implementing energy transition.
He expressed his hope that Canada would continue to share lessons learned, support Vietnam in green and sustainable development, and implement net zero; adding he believed that through forums and multilateral cooperation mechanisms, the two countries will continue to expand bilateral cooperation in many fields.
Supporting Canada's global initiative in ocean plastic waste treatment, the Deputy Prime Minister said that Vietnam is actively exchanging and cooperating with the World Bank and Japan to promote the formation of a global legal agreement on ocean waste management.
Ambassador Shawn Perry Steil said that the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations and the 5th anniversary of the Comprehensive Partnership is a time for the two countries to look back on the successes achieved and a foundation for the future.
Vietnam has made many commitments and initiatives and efforts to respond to climate change, and has achieved positive results. Therefore, Canada is ready to support Vietnam in techniques, technology, governance, and resource mobilization to realize the goals of climate change response, energy transition and net zero.
He said he hoped that the two sides would continue to promote cooperation in areas where Canada has advantages such as clean technology, clean energy, and energy production other than coal power./.