The Hanoitimes - At the meeting with French Minister of State for State Reform and Simplification Jean-Vicent Placé in Hanoi on February 27, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh suggested France to enhance cooperation with Vietnam in the spheres that France has advantages, especially in information technology.
Deputy Prime Minister (PM) Truong Hoa Binh received French Minister of State for State Reform and Simplification Jean-Vicent Placé in Hanoi on February 27 during his working visit to Vietnam.
Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh (R) meets French Minister of State for State Reform and Simplification Jean-Vicent Placé.
At the meeting, Deputy PM Binh underlined the expansion of Vietnamese-French ties in all aspects, particularly since the strategic partnership was set up in 2013.
The Vietnamese and French Governments agreed to strengthen cooperation in the fields that France has advantages such as infrastructure building, high technology, energy, and education-training. France has maintained ODA provision for Vietnam in the fields of infrastructure and climate change response, the Deputy PM noted.
He said the strengthened collaboration in information technology and communications has also substantially contributed to bilateral relations, as well as the development of the two countries.
The Vietnamese Government considers information technology as crucial for the country’s development and international integration, Deputy PM Binh said.
Bilateral cooperation in information and telecommunications has continually been growing in the recent years, he noted, adding that France is among the biggest European ODA suppliers for telecommunication infrastructure projects in Vietnam.
These projects have greatly helped promote the local information and communication industry along with economic growth, Binh said.
For his part, Minister Jean-Vicent Placé said during his visit, he had a working session with the Ministry of Information and Communications to discuss the implementation of cooperation documents in information technology and communications.
Vietnam and France own favourable conditions to tighten links in the time ahead, he said, elaborating that they are strategic partners of each other and boast long-standing relations. Both are also important members of the International Organisation of La Francophonie.
The French Government will provide the best possible conditions for augmenting cooperation in information technology and e-government building with Vietnam, the French Minister said.
Translated by Thu Minh