The purpose of the visit is to enhance Vietnam - Denmark bilateral comprehensive partnership with focus on four sectors: Education (vocational training), Food safety (in pork value chain), Environment (industrial compliance) and Health (Noncommunicable diseases).
The Minister will participate in a wide range of activities to strengthen Vietnam and Denmark cooperation in sectors including meetings with Vietnamese leaders to discuss bilateral partnership, visits to Danish companies to explore the challenges and opportunities of doing business in Vietnam, and opening for the discussion at the 3GF Asia roundtable in Hanoi. During her visit, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ms. Ulla Tørnæs is expected to meet with Prime Minister Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Minister of Planning and Investment Mr. Nguyen Chi Dung, MONRE Minister Mr. Tran Hong Ha, Vice Minister of Health Mr. Le Quang Cuong, and Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Mr. Vu Van Tam. Minister Tørnæs will also join an event with the students and staff of University of Public Health to raise awareness about non-communicable diseases, and host a press briefing at the Embassy of Denmark to reflect the results of her visit in Vietnam.
Since 1994 Denmark has provided Vietnam with more than 1.3 billion US dollars in grant development assistance. Through this support Denmark has contributed to the strong growth and economic development which has taken place in Vietnam.
The Comprehensive Partnership Agreement between Vietnam and Denmark was signed during President Trương Tấn Sang’s state visit to Denmark in 2013. The signing of the Comprehensive Partnership Agreement in 2013 have further strengthened the political dialogue, trade and investments between Vietnam and Denmark.
Since Vietnam had become a middle-income country, Vietnam and Denmark have entered a Strategic sector cooperation.
Strategic Sector Cooperation
Strategic Sector Cooperation (SSC) is a partnership between a Danish public authority (DPA) and its Vietnamese partner Ministry. The two partner Ministries have had joint missions in Vietnam to establish the area of intervention. The DPA can support with expertise and facilitate transfer of Danish know-how and experiences relevant to local priority issues, local conditions, and needs. The aim of the SSC is to promote sustainable and responsible growth, jobs and prosperity in Vietnam and eventually create opportunities for Danish businesses.
There are four areas identified for strategic sector cooperation between Vietnam and Denmark: education, health, food safety and environment.
3GF and Vietnam
Initiated by Denmark, the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) is a global platform that initiates and enables scalable green growth solutions through an annual process, bringing together knowledge, businesses, governments, finance institutions and civil society to search and share latest evidence on green growth; identifying, matching and inspiring partners and ideas that unleashes potential for long-term green growth; and; conduct regional and global leader-fora with a visionary view to a green future for all.
Vietnam is the 8th
core government partner following Denmark, ROK, Mexico (2011), China, Kenya, Qatar (2012) and Ethiopia (2014).