Monday morning December 12, the Prime Minister of Vietnam, His Excellency Mr. Pham Minh Chinh, visited World Horti Center in Naaldwijk. In addition to the prime minister, among others, the Vietnamese ministers of Agriculture & Rural Development and Natural Resources & Environment were present. The most important pillars of this visit were business relations between Vietnam and the Netherlands, the development of a sustainable horticultural value chain and how education can contribute to climate-smart technologies.
Main focus on collaboration
The mayor of Westland, Bouke Arends, warmly welcomed the delegation to the municipality. In his speech he focused on the role of the Westland region as an agricultural and logistics hub and the relationship with Vietnam. Bouke Arends: ‘The ties and trade between our two countries in this area has been strong for many years with a Strategic Partnership Arrangement as a result.’ Mr. Frederik Vossenaar, Special Envoy of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, emphasized in his speech: ‘The Netherlands is happy to be part of your success. And, in the interest of both our countries, we are looking forward to further work together. Building on our 50 years of diplomatic relations, a milestone we reach next year, in 2023.’ During his speech, the Prime Minister of Vietnam said that he sees the Netherlands as a top exporter of agricultural products and hoped to learn from the sector during his visit.