On May 19th, a phone call was held between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, over which Canada restated its promise to provide more vaccines and other support to Vietnam in its fight against the pandemic, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
Through programs such as the ACT Accelerator and COVAX Facility, Canada will be able to assist Vietnam in gaining more life-saving vaccines that are much needed in the country’s ongoing mission to contain Covid-19. Vietnam also expressed appreciation for the 120,000 N95 masks and C$3.5 million aid package in the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund. The support from the Canadian government and people was both helpful and practical.
Apart from providing aid in the Covid frontier, Canada also sent C$700,000 to help ease the consequences of natural disasters in the central region of Vietnam. It promises to increase support in the field of climate change and sustainable development, especially in the Mekong Delta and seaside region of Vietnam.
Both sides place great importance on the partnership between Vietnam and Canada, exchanging views of a mutual, friendly, long-lasting relationship. Reaffirming his commitment to fostering cooperation in the areas of trade, development cooperation and national defense between the two countries, Trudeau expressed his hope in bringing the partnership to new heights.
Canada and Vietnam agreed to enhance the current ways of exchanging dialogue, such as political consultations at the deputy foreign minister’s level and bilateral defense consultations, as well as advocating for the establishment of a joint committee on economic and trade cooperation. The aim is to raise bilateral trade from the current US$5 billion to US$8 billion in the following two years.
Furthermore, Canada held high regards of Vietnam’s rising role and position in the global arena, evident in its role as ASEAN Chair in 2020 and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 term.
Vietnam welcomes Canada to invest more diversely in the country, and asks the prime minister to create favourable conditions and support for the Vietnamese studying and living in Canada during Covid time, including 20,000 international students from Vietnam.
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