The Prime Minister began his official visit to France on November 3-5, after attending the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland.
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh arrived in Paris at 13:30 (19:30 Hanoi time), starting the first official bilateral visit to a European country since he took office. This is also the latest visit of a senior Vietnamese leader to France since 2019.
France is expected to hold a ceremony to welcome Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at 17:10 (23:10 Hanoi time). According to French Ambassador to Vietnam Nicolas Warnery, France will give Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh a very high reception.
After the welcome ceremony, leaders of the Vietnamese and French governments will hold talks and witness the signing of cooperation documents. Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh is also scheduled to meet French President Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Senate and House of Representatives.
Vietnam and France established diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level on April 12, 1973, and signed a joint statement on strategic partnership from September 2013.
France is currently Vietnam’s fifth largest European trading partner. Trade turnover in 2020 will reach US$4.81 billion, down 10% from US$5.3 billion in 2019.
As of July this year, France ranked third among European countries and ranked 16th out of 140 countries and territories investing in Vietnam, with 605 projects, total registered investment capital reached 3. $6.6 billion. Vietnamese enterprises have invested in France 9 projects with a total investment capital of 3.04 million USD.