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Vietnam-Italy Stepping up Cooperation in Transportation

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Vietnam-Italy relations have increasingly developed in various areas, especially transportation. The recent visit to Vietnam of Italian Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Graziano Delrio is considered an important event to promote bilateral cooperation in the field of transportation to a new level.
According to Transport Minister Truong Quang Nghia, in the field of transportation, Vietnam and Italy have achieved progress such as signing Vietnam - Italy Aviation Agreement in 2013 and a number of other agreements in the maritime and railway. However, in the context of Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement being signed in December 2015 and bilateral ties being increasingly developed, we can say that transport cooperation between the two countries is still modest, not commensurate with the potential and strengths of the two countries.
The visit of Minister Graziano Delrio is seen as an important event in order to find the potential areas of cooperation between the two parties in the context of the new institutional arrangements. The visit is expected to lay the foundation for a sustainable relationship in the field of infrastructure and transportation, fostering further impetus to the bilateral cooperation relations between the two countries. This is also an opportunity for Italy to consider implementing strategic projects with the participation of Italian companies, the key partners on a global scale, which are showing strong interest in the infrastructure projects in Vietnam.
"The results of exchanges between the two sides would be a prerequisite for the development of areas of cooperation between the two countries to become deeper and more effective, as well as to prepare content for the official visit to Italy by President Tran Dai Quang in November," Minister Truong Quang Nghia stressed.
Minister Truong Quang Nghia wants the two sides to strengthen exchanges, share information and seek investment opportunities toward a vision of comprehensive cooperation and, more specifically in the aviation sector, to encourage aviation firms to open direct flights between the two countries. Ministry of Transport of Vietnam will create favourable conditions for the Italian airline operators to open routes between the two countries.
And with the potential and geographic advantages of long coastline, Vietnam welcomes foreign investors including Italian investors to participate in building Vietnam’s seaport infrastructure. Among Italy’s ports, the Port of Genoa is considered the second largest port in the Mediterranean. Therefore, Minister Nghia encourages the two countries to enhance cooperation between Hai Phong Port and Italy's Genoa port. Besides, Minister Nghia also proposed seaport businesses in the logistics sector of both countries to strengthen contacts, looking for opportunities for cooperation in areas such as management, mining ports; infrastructure development and port services, logistics services, especially connections from good sources in Italy and Europe through Vietnam’s sea.
The Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport suggests Italy strengthen cooperation to share experiences on the management railway infrastructure and railway transport operation; technical cooperation and assistance to build national development strategies on railways, to share experience in the planning and development of urban rail. Besides, Minister Nghia also welcomed Italian investors to invest in railway infrastructure development and urban railways in Vietnam.
In response, Minister Graziano Delrio said the visit to Vietnam by President Sergio Mattarella in November 2015 confirmed the strong desire to establish close cooperation relations between the two countries. Ministry of Transport of Vietnam and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport of Italy have many areas that can be discussed further to enhance cooperation, and this visit is an expression of the desire to strengthen cooperation between the two ministries in the future.
Minister Graziano Delrio said that he would urgently submit to the Italian parliament to promote ratification of the Agreement on Aviation signed between the two countries and implementation of specific activities, as well as encourage Italian enterprises to engage in projects in Vietnam.
Maritime also is an area where the two countries have many similarities to be able to expand cooperation. Italy also suffers traffic congestion, thus the country will share the experience of solving this situation with Vietnam. However, according to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport of Italy, Vietnam should enhance public transportation systems, and Italy is ready to support Vietnam in this regard. According to Mr Graziano Delrio, this cooperation can start from the issue of human resource training.
It is expected that President Tran Dai Quang will pay an official visit to the Republic of Italy in November at the invitation of the President of Italy. The visit is expected to open up a new page for the relationship of cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the transport sector. The two ministers hope that within the framework of the visit, the two ministries will sign a Memorandum of cooperation in transport sector to become a reference framework for specific projects in the future.
Giang Tu

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