Ireland will increase supporting
Hanoi to develop hi-tech agriculture, Irish Minister of State for Food,
Forestry and Horticulture Andrew Doyle told Chairman of the Hanoi municipal
People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung.
At a meeting in Hanoi on March 16, the Minister
of State said the two countries share many similarities when both have long
history of fighting for national independence and dynamic and hard-working people.
Like Dublin capital city of Ireland, Hanoi is an ancient city with rich culture
He said his country has strong agriculture, and
its agricultural products have been exported to more than 180 countries around
the world. Therefore, aside from cultural and educational cooperation, Ireland
wants the two countries to step up experience sharing and cooperation in
developing high-value agriculture.
The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and the
Vietnam-Ireland memorandum of understanding signed in 2014 are the foundation
for closer cooperation between the two nations.
Ireland will provide more technological
assistance for Hanoi to improve agricultural product quality and ensure food
safety, through which he hopes Ireland’s trade with Vietnam and Hanoi in
particular will increase and Vietnamese businesses will have more chances to
access European markets.
Doyle said to celebrate the National Day of
Ireland, the Irish Embassy in Vietnam and the Hanoi People’s Committee will
illuminate Thap But (Pen Monument) by Hoan Kiem Lake with green light on March
17 evening. As Thap But is a symbol of knowledge, through this event, Ireland
expresses its wish to strengthen ties with Vietnam and Hanoi to develop
For his part, Chairman Chung shared the view on
the similarities between the two countries and capital cities. He said he
believes that the “greening” ceremony will be a highlight in a series of
activities marking Ireland’s National Day in Hanoi, as well as in the two
countries’ diplomatic ties.
Hanoi has learned many lessons from Ireland in
recovering from economic crisis through agricultural development, he said,
adding that in its five-year development plan, the city will enhance
cooperation with and acquire agricultural technology from countries around the
world, including Ireland.
It hopes that the Minister of State and the
Ambassador of Ireland will serve as a bridge helping Irish businesses bolster
cooperation and share experience with Hanoi in the time ahead, the official