November 24 ------ President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has met with Vietnam National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and gained an added boost of commitment from the neighboring country in a “wide range of areas” of cooperation.
The two officials met in Malacañang recently. According to Malacañang, Vietnam, through Vuong, has committed to work with the Philippines in areas including food security, climate change, defense, and food supply.
“I am looking forward to building upon excellent relationships between our two countries. And under your leadership, we will continue to work closely together and I am very confident under your leadership and with your experience, you will help contribute further to strengthen the bilateral relations between our two countries and also in helping elevate the role and position of the Philippines on the global stage,” Vuong told Marcos.
The Vietnamese official also expressed hope to “enhance the partnership” between the two countries’ legislature. “We are hopeful that we can do more to enhance the relationships between our political parties and government-to-government and parliament-to-parliament relationships, and most importantly, the people-to-people exchanges,” Vuong said.
Marcos said he was “a little surprised that 16, 18 years have transpired since the exchange of visits between our two legislatures –– that is much too long for such close neighbors.” Vuong also reported to the President that Vietnam is organizing a forum on business and investment in the country to open new opportunities for Vietnamese businessmen wanting to invest in the Philippines.
“I want to report to you that tomorrow morning, we are organizing a very important forum on business and investment between our two countries, and I’m happy that Speaker Martin (Romualdez) also accepted my invitation to participate in the forum along with executives and business leaders from our countries,” Vuong told Marcos. “And I hope that will lay the groundwork for further strengthening trade and investment ties bilaterally. I suggest that we can work bilaterally and also multilaterally to address the challenges facing our region,” Vuong added.
Marcos has earlier confirmed he would visit Vietnam upon the invitation of President Nguyen Xuan Phuc during the 29th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Bangkok, Thailand last week.