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Vietnam treasures relations with Canada: Party official

The Vietnamese Party and State always attach importance to and want to strengthen the comprehensive partnership with Canada, said a senior Party official.

While receiving Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change Patricia Fuller in Hanoi on March 29, head of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee’s Economic Commission Nguyen Van Binh thanked the Canadian Government for its cooperation and assistance to Vietnam in different fields, including adaptation to climate change and environmental protection.

Vietnam considers climate change a serious challenge to its sustainable development, Binh said, adding that the country has made a lot of efforts to overcome this challenge such as creating a firm legal framework for actions to cope with climate change and improving public awareness of climate change.

Vietnam is implementing a strategy on renewable energy development until 2030 with a vision through 2050, under which the government has encouraged the mobilization of all social resources for renewable energy development and increased the proportion of renewable energy in the national power system, he said.

The Party official proposed Fuller has a stronger voice so that the Canadian Government would continue supporting and sharing experience with Vietnam in developing clean energy, stepping up cooperation between businesses in renewable energy development as well as providing technological consultancy and finance for the Southeast Asian country.

Fuller affirmed that Vietnam is an important partner of Canada in the region. Vietnam is one of the countries which are the hardest hit by climate change so it needs suitable policies to adapt to and minimize adverse impacts from climate change, she stressed.

The ambassador also expressed her wish to promote cooperation with Vietnam in developing clean energy, applying high-technologies, improving coastal communities’ ability to adapt to climate change, assisting the sustainable development of the fishery sector and protecting the maritime environment.