The German Federal Representatives in Vietnam yesterday said Germany and Vietnam agreed to further extend their cooperation in the priority areas including Vocational Training, Energy and Environment during the Government Negotiations on development cooperation, which were held on May 17 and 18 in Berlin, Germany.
As that, the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) provided funding totaling up to 161.45 million Euro for the next two years for this purpose.
Both sides highlighted the long-standing, very good relations between the two countries and the common goals and international commitments regarding the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
During a meeting of the Vietnamese Delegation with the Parliamentary State Secretary of BMZ, Mr. Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, the conversation centered on the topic of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). The Parliamentary State Secretary stressed: “Vocational Training is an investment in the most valuable resource of a country – its people.” In the joint Program Reform of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, the cooperation with the business sector, the support for “Green TVET” and the development of a basic module on occupational health and safety are important priorities for future cooperation.
In the priority areas such as Energy and Environment, Germany supports projects such as Energy Efficiency in Urban Grids, Renewable Energy, the Mekong Delta Climate Resilience Program and Rehabilitation and Sustainable Management of Forest Areas in Central and Northern Vietnam.
In addition, Germany supports the Vietnamese Government in the implementation of the national Green Growth Strategy and in strengthening the legal development capacity of the Office of the Government. Vietnam is an important partner country for the German Development Cooperation. The key frame of reference for the cooperation is Vietnam’s National Green Growth Strategy.
The negotiations were opened by Mr. Luu Quang Khanh, Director General of the Foreign Economic Relations Department of the Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and Ms. Gisela Hammerschmidt, Director of the Directorate Asia of the German BMZ.