Hanoi (VNA) –Malaysia and Vietnam are exploring opportunities to
further enhance bilateral ties, especially on security matters and areas of
mutual interest, according to Malaysia’s national news agency Bernama.
This was discussed at a meeting between Malaysian
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and his Vietnamese
counterpart Truong Hoa Binh during the latter’s recent three-day visit to
In a statement after the meeting, Ahmad Zahid expressed his hope that the
engagement between Malaysia and Vietnam during the July 11-13 visit would pave
the way for lifting bilateral relations to a new level.
The Malaysia-Vietnam relationship, which enters the 44th year
now, has progressed well in a comprehensive and substantive manner, he said,
adding that both countries enjoy solid ties in various sectors including trade
and investment, education, security, defence and people-to-people relations.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said Malaysia was confident that
relations with Vietnam could be further improved, especially in areas like
trade and investment, finance, defence and security.
Other areas included agriculture, education, manpower, culture, youth and
sports, tourism and transportation, he said.
Last year, the value of trade and investment
between Malaysia and Vietnam amounted to 10.3 billion USD.
signing of the Malaysia-Vietnam Strategic Partnership agreement in 2015, both
countries agreed to increase two-way trade and investment to 15 billion USD by
Earlier, the Malaysian Foreign Ministry issued an announcement
on the visit, saying that it was expected to open new opportunities for Vietnam
and Malaysia to continue consolidating their ties as well as create foundations
for the two nations to build a closer relationship and further enhance mutual
Mr Dung highlighted the two countries’ membership of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and recent joint Statement on comprehensive cooperation that will help strengthen bilateral diplomatic and economic ties. Malaysia currently ranks third among ASEAN investors in Vietnam with investment capital valued at US$1.6 billion and bilateral trade reaching US$2.7 billion in 2006, he said. The PM emphasized that the Vietnamese Government will create favourable conditions for Malaysian investors, and hoped that the Ambassador will serve as a bridge between the two countries. For his part, Ambassador Lim Kim Eng, who presented his diplomatic credentials to PM Dung at the meeting, promised to focus on further expanding the relationship between the two ASEAN members. PM Dung is scheduled to visit Malaysia to attend the 50th anniversary of the country’s Independence Day.... [read more]
This view was shared by Chairman of the Vietnam-Malaysia Friendship Association, Le Thanh Tam, and Malaysian Consul General in HCM City Khairi Bin Omar at a meeting on August 30 to celebrate the 53rd anniversary of Malaysia’s National Day ( August 31). They said two-way trade turnover between the two countries has reached US$4 billion, and Malaysia is one of Vietnam’s leading investors in construction, electricity and water supply, gas exploitation, mechanical engineering and banking. Mr Tam and Mr Omar also said high-level exchange visits by their top leaders have showed their determination to expand the fine neighbourly relations and mutually beneficial and equal cooperation towards building a peaceful, stable and prosperous Southeast Asia. Mr Tam said he hopes Vietnam and Malaysia would continue to make still greater achievements to foster the bilateral friendship as well as the common development in the region.... [read more]
The Malaysian host expressed delight at the constant developments of Vietnam-Malaysia relations in many fields - especially in economics and trade in the past 40 years. As a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Malaysia wishes to cooperate more closely with Vietnam at regional and international forums, especially in the framework of the International Parliament Union (IPU) and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), he said. NA Vice Chairman Son spoke highly of the two countries’ joint implementation of practical activities to mark the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic ties, and wished that they would move forward to form a strategic partnership. Regarding the East Sea issue, Son reaffirmed Vietnam’s policy on resolving disputes by peaceful means in accordance with international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, asking the concerned parties not to use or threaten the use of force, and strictly and fully implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and advance the building of the Code of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea. During his visit to Malaysia, which started on July 24, the Vietnamese legislator had a working session with Ismail Mohd Said, Vice President of the House of Representatives to tighten ties between the two legislative bodies. The Vice Chairman of the Vietnamese NA also met with Malaysian Deputy Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Bakri within the framework of the defence cooperation agreement signed between the two countries. The two sides discussed measures…... [read more]
This is Najib Tun Razak’s first visit to Vietnam after he was re-elected Prime Minister of Malaysia in May 2013, aiming to boost bilateral cooperation in economics, trade, investment, and labour. Located in Southeast Asia, Malaysia was a poor, agricultural nation after it gained independence in 1957. It introduced the Look West policy in the 1970s and then Look East policy in the 1980s to take advantage of technology, capital and development experience from Japan and several other new industrialized countries (NICs). Recently, Malaysia has carried out the Look South policy, strengthening cooperation with developing countries, to expand its markets overseas. In 2010 Malaysia introduced the two stimulus packages worth US$18 billion to shore up its economy, shifting its export markets from Europe and North America to Asia and the Middle East. As a result, the country achieved GDP growth of 7.2% in 2010, and 5.1% in 2011 and 2012. The government has unveiled a new economic model (NEM) – an ambitious plan to turn Malaysia into a middle income nation with per capita income increasing twofold to US$15,000 by 2020. In its foreign policy, Malaysia has developed friendship with other countries in Southeast Asia to maintain a stable and peaceful environment for regional development and cooperation. It has boosted economic cooperation with developing countries and strengthened South-South cooperation. Vietnam and Malaysia established diplomatic ties in March 1973. The ties of friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries have grown and flourished in various areas, through high-level reciprocal visit…... [read more]
Attendees included Minister of the Malaysian Government Prime Minister Office Joseph Entulu Belaun and representatives from Malaysian ministries, Kula Lumpur-based foreign embassies and Vietnamese agencies. In his speech, Vietnam Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao reviewed the historical path of Vietnam since the success of the August Revolution and the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam ( now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam) 69 years ago and highlighted the great achievements the Vietnamese people have recorded after nearly seven decades of persistent struggle. The Vietnamese diplomat applauded the growing ties of friendship and all-around cooperation between the two countries since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1973. After more than 40 years of maintaining diplomatic ties, Malaysia is currently Vietnam’s third largest trading partner in ASEAN, and No 9 in the world with trade turnover reaching over US$9 billion in 2013. Malaysia also ranks 8th among foreign investors in Vietnam with total investment of more than US$10 billion. Ambassador Thao said he hopes that with the joint efforts of the two governments and people, Vietnam-Malaysia relations will grow steadily particularly after the visit to Vietnam by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in April this year during which Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Malaysia counterpart agreed to upgrade bilateral ties to a strategic partnership.... [read more]
At the reception, the Malaysian King affirmed Vietnam is an important partner of Malaysia and highlighted advancements in Vietnam-Malaysia relations during recent times. He emphasised the need to take drastic measures to bolster economic relations and disseminate information on trade and investment opportunities for businesses. He said both nations should expand cooperation in culture, tourism, people-to-people exchange, and boost exchanges among youths. He affirmed Malaysia will continue to assist Vietnam in improving the quality of human resource through technical cooperation programmes. The Vietnamese ambassador applauded Malaysia’s achievements, especially its candidacy to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council during the 2015-2016 term and the Chair of ASEAN in 2015. The Vietnamese diplomat pledged to do his best to deepen friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Malaysia, contributing to the maintenance of peace, security and development in the region. Regarding prospects for the Vietnam-Malaysia relations, the ambassador said during the April visit, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Tun Razak, agreed to elevate the relationship to a level of the strategic partnership. At present, both sides are striving to finalise procedures to establish the strategic partnership in the coming time. The two leaders also have agreed to bring the two-way trade turnover to US$11 billion and facilitate trade and investment activities for stronger economic development. They expressed hope that the signing of future agreements would lay a solid foundation for the comprehensive development of the Vietnam-Malaysia relations.... [read more]
On August 7, 2015, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Malaysian counterpart NajibRazak signed the joint statement on the Vietnam-Malaysia Strategic Partnership framework. The Malaysian leader said that the decision of the two countries’ leaders on upgrading their existing relations to a strategic partnership level opens a new era for Vietnam- Malaysia Relations. The special imprint during his two- day official visit to Malaysia of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung was the decision to upgrade the existing Vietnam-Malaysia comprehensive partnership to a strategic partnership level. That was outcome of a reliable, effective and comprehensive cooperation which has developed in depth. During the visit, the two leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation in the many fields of politics, security – defence, economics and especially in key sectors of oil and gas, liquefied gas, electronics, household utensil production and food processing. They agreed on the need of a cooperation mechanism at the deputy foreign ministerial level to address sea- and ocean-related issues; the establishment of a hotline on illegal fishing, and joint patrols at borders and overlapping sea areas. In terms of regional and international issues, they agreed to boost unity and maintain the central role and common voice of ASEAN in big matters related to security and the interest of each country and the region, especially in the context when the ASEAN Economic Community will come into being by the end of this year. The two Prime Ministers shared concerns over recent developments in the East Sea, which have negatively affected…... [read more]
(VOVworld) – The Vietnam-Malaysia comprehensive partnership upgraded to strategic partnership is a breakthrough in the development of Vietnam-Malaysia relations since the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties in 1973. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said while meeting with Tan Sri Datatuk Seri Utama Pandikar Amin bin Haji Mulia, Speaker of the Lower House of Malaysian Parliament on Saturday during his visit to Malaysia. The Speaker said he will encourage Malaysian parliamentarians to have more activities to effectively implement the strategic partnership between the two countries. On the same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended a dialogue with members of the ASEAN Business Club and representatives of some major Malaysian economic groups. He highlighted achievements in Vietnam-Malaysia bilateral cooperation over the past 40 years, saying that bilateral ties have become more and more fruitful and deepened of a reliable partnership. The Prime Minister said the Vietnamese government always creates the best possible conditions for Malaysian, ASEAN as well as foreign investors who are seeking business opportunities in Vietnam. Prime Minister Dung concluded his visit to Malaysia on Saturday and left for Singapore to attend a ceremony to mark Singapore's 50th Independence Day. Before leaving Malaysia, he met with with Vietnamese embassy staff and representatives of the Vietnamese community in Malaysia. He said that the establishment of strategic partnership between Vietnam and Malaysia is an important milestone in bilateral ties. He asked the embassy staff and Vietnamese representative agencies in Malaysia to implement bilateral cooperative programs to concretize the strategic partnership in…... [read more]
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Rajak have agreed to develop the Vietnam-Malaysia relations into a strategic partnership. The two premiers made the agreement at their talks in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, where PM Dung is on a two-day visit, according to the Vietnam News Agency. The host and guest expressed their delight at the sound development of the bilateral ties between the two countries, and discussed measures to strengthen their current comprehensive partnership. The two leaders agreed to increase exchanges of high-ranking delegations, expand cooperation, and prepare an action plan toward setting up a strategic partnership between the two countries. The two sides also agreed to the early establishment of a deputy ministerial-level defense dialogue mechanism and the signing of a memorandum of understanding on joint patrol, hotline contact, search and rescue coordination, and other important issues. The two government leaders vowed to speed up the signing of a Government-level memorandum of understanding on rice trade for 2015-2020. They also agreed to step up the implementation of specific projects in the key sectors of oil and gas, liquefied gas, electronics, consumer goods and food processing. Both the PMs stressed the need to have a cooperation mechanism to address sea- and ocean-related issues. They also agreed to establish a hotline on illegal fishing, and cooperate in joint patrol at bordering and overlapping sea areas. They affirmed that both countries abide by the commitment of not allowing any individuals and organizations to use each country’s territory…... [read more]
President bids farewell to Bangladesh envoy Chakman President Truong Tan Sang received outgoing Bangladeshi Ambassador to Viet Nam Supradip Chakman in Ha Noi yesterday. The President praised the ambassador's mission, which contributed to beefing up the traditional friendship between the two countries. He noted with pleasure the promising economic cooperation between Viet Nam and Bangladesh, with the hope that two-way trade would reach US$1 billion next year. To expand economic, trade and investment ties, the two nations should increase high-ranking contacts and information sharing via their Inter-Governmental Committee, he said. Ambassador Chakman agreed that the two countries had great potential for collaboration, especially economical. He suggested co-operation could be in information technology, education, pharmacy, and textiles. Vietnam, Denmark mark 43-year diplomatic ties The Vietnam – Denmark Friendship Association (VDFA) and the Denmark Embassy in Vietnam hosted a ceremony celebrating 43 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations. Addressing the event, VDFA President Tran Hong Ha praised Denmark’s strong support for Vietnam not only during its past struggle for national independence but also in the current development process. Denmark is currently the leading aid donor for Vietnam’s response to climate change, he noted. Denmark’s Ambassador to Vietnam John Nielsen said after 43 years, the two countries’ relations have grown robustly, marked by sound partnerships between the governments and people from all walks of life. In the coming time, the relations will focus on cooperation in the fields of green growth, clean technology, culture exchange, education and training. Denmark will continue…... [read more]