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Vietnam-Germany Relationship Keeps Thriving

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Vietnam- Germany relationship has kept thriving since Germany united 26 years ago. Developed on common historical experiences, the bilateral relationship has been diversified in all aspects, ranging from politics and culture to economy. This cooperation will further flourish in the coming time.
On political relations, Vietnam has always been a very important partner of Germany. That is demonstrated by high-level visits. Especially this year, not only German politicians such as Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) - Parliamentary Group Thomas Oppermann, but also German cardinal of the Catholic Church Marx have paid working visits to Vietnam. The most remarkable event will be the upcoming visit to Vietnam by Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
The exchange visits illustrate the concern of the two nations in promoting bilateral relations in all fields. As a result, the two-way trade set a new record in 2016. With a trade turnover of nearly EUR9 billion, Germany is still the largest trade partner of Vietnam in the European Union (EU). Germany's exports to Vietnam rose 22 per cent. The EU - Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), signed in February 2016, is another agreement for both nations to look to a common bright future. Germany believes that this FTA will further simplify trade operations and further connect the EU and Vietnam markets. The desire for establishment of a bilateral chamber of commerce in Vietnam by both German and Vietnamese economic circles has underlined this concern.
Development cooperation plays an important role in fostering Vietnam - Germany relations. In 2015, Germany pledged to grant EUR220 million to development cooperation with Vietnam in two years. Development cooperation in vocational training, energy and environment always looks towards the ambitious “Green Growth Strategy”. It has helped Vietnam, with a well-trained workforce and efficient, sustainable energy supply system, to pursue a natural resources-friendly growth, protect biological diversity and match international obligations and norms committed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Climate Summit and EU - Vietnam FTA.
Cooperation in culture and education has also been broadened, deepened and strengthened. Particularly, Goethe Institute is very active in cultural relations. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is active in higher education and university cooperation. The German Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) is actively introducing German to Vietnamese schools. Friendship festivals, film festivals, concerts, theatrical performances and visits by famous German and Vietnamese artists have promoted cultural exchange.
The interest in academic training of Germany also intensifies, evidenced by DAAD’s increasing scholarship programme, by full German language classes at Goethe Institute and by Vietnam-Germany University expansion. In these projects, the German Embassy in Hanoi plays a central role in introduction and organisation. All embassy staff are fully aware of its role.
Based on the long-standing friendship and the support of the two countries’ leaders, the Vietnam - Germany strategic partnership will further thrive.
Giang Tu

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