The European Union (EU) will give priority to supporting Viet Nam in developing the digital economy in the next four years, said Giorgio Aliberti, the new Ambassador-Head of the EU Delegation to Viet Nam in a recent interview granted to the media.
The diplomat affirmed that the EU considers Viet Nam a potential partner in an array of fields. With its inherent strengths, Viet Nam has been attracting the attention from many EU investors, especially the bloc’s top bodies.
EU prioritizes support for VN to develop digital economy
The sound relationship between the EU and Viet Nam has been reflected through the recent signing of many important agreements, such as the Viet Nam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), the Viet Nam-EU Investment Protection Agreement (IPA), and the defense cooperation agreement on the establishment of a framework for Viet Nam’s participation in crisis management activities of the EU.
Aliberti said the EU elections 2019 have recently concluded. Early December is the moment when the European Commission and the EU leaders begin to carry out the new tasks. They have set important priorities and ambitions concerning the fight against climate change. The EU aspires to become a carbon neutral continent by 2050, and to take the lead in the issue.
Therefore, the EU wants to become a partner with an active role in cooperation with Viet Nam in this field.
In the area of environmental protection and sustainable development, the EU aims towards the innovative and effective methods focusing on the specific spheres, such as renewable energy and reducing the use of fossil energy.
Another priority of Aliberti during his tenure is the digital economy. Accordingly, the EU will support Viet Nam in its ambition to pursue a digital economy as well as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which will benefit the community in the future.
Specifically, the EU will provide support, in terms of skills, technology and experience on developing the digital economy, for Viet Nam, thereby bringing benefits to the society and creating a better environment from the development of technology. With this goal, the EU will support Viet Nam in stages.
The first phase of support continues to focus on electrifying rural areas and improving public governance capacity for Viet Nam.
The EU is currently the fourth largest trading partner and the second largest export market of Viet Nam, while ranking fifth among the largest foreign investors in the Southeast Asian country with 2,133 registered projects.