The Netherlands welcomed Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam Trinh Dinh Dung from 18 to 20 April, during which time he chaired the sixth meeting of the Netherlands-Vietnam Intergovernmental Committee on Climate Change Adaptation and Water Management. Accompanying the DPM was Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha and leaders from the Steering Committee for the Southwest Region; the Government Office; the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Construction, Transport, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Planning and Investment; and the Ha Noi People’s Committee.
Aside from the conference, DPM Dung also had a meeting with Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The meeting focused on further strengthening the good bilateral relations between the Netherlands and Vietnam, and cooperation in the areas of water, agriculture and aviation.
The Vietnam-Netherlands relations have been growing actively and comprehensively since the two sides established diplomatic ties over four decades ago, particularly after the set up of a strategic partnership on climate change adaptation and water management in 2010 and a strategic partnership on sustainable agriculture and food security four years later.
The Netherlands always sees Viet Nam as its priority partner. Both sides have worked out five priority fields, including climate change adaptation and water management, agriculture, energy, sea-based economy and transportation services.
The two countries organized five meetings of the Intergovernmental Committee on Climate Change Adaptation and Water Management in the past, discussing issues related to climate, natural resource and environment cooperation, particularly the Mekong Delta Plan, which has been implemented since 2013.
This year, Minister of Infrastructure and Environment Schultz van Haegen discussed with the Vietnamese delegation on the implementation of the Mekong Delta Plan. This plan contributes to a safe delta of the Mekong River and clean drinking water for the Vietnamese people. The World Bank has now based on the Mekong Delta Plan to grant Vietnam a loan of 310 million dollars.
Furthermore, the delegation visited the Sand Motor (a peninsula which is an experiment in the management of dynamic coastline), the Port of Rotterdam and Deltaris, institute for applied research in the field of water and subsurface.