“I Look forward to Meeting with Vietnam’s Leaders”, Says Canadian PM Trudeau

Tuan Minh

10:00 04/11/2017

BizLIVE - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shown eagerness to hold talks with Vietnamese leaders next weeks to further advance bilateral relations which were established more than four decades ago.

“I Look forward to Meeting with Vietnam’s Leaders”, Says Canadian PM Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo: Internet

Trudeau will pay an official visit to Vietnam on November 8-9, the first leg of a trip to Vietnam and the Philippines from November 6 to November 14.
The trip provides an opportunity for Prime Minister Trudeau to meet with partners in the Asia-Pacific region, and promote a progressive trade agenda that creates good, middle class jobs and more opportunities for people on both sides of the Pacific, the Canadian Embassy in Hanoi said in a statement Friday.
“Canada and Vietnam’s relationship is anchored in strong people-to-people connections, and has expanded greatly in the last forty years,” Trudeau said.
“I look forward to meeting with Vietnam’s leaders to advance important issues like good governance and human rights, strengthen our trade and investment cooperation, and create more opportunities for our middle class,” he added.
During his visit to Vietnam, Prime Minister Trudeau will meet with President Tran Dai Quang, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, as well as Secretary General of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong.
Trudeau will then head to Ho Chi Minh City, where he will meet with Vietnamese businesspeople, and participate in an armchair discussion at Ton Duc Thang University.
Finally, he will travel to the central city of Da Nang to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting. At the Economic Leaders’ meeting, the Prime Minister will promote Canada as a partner of choice for trade and investment in the region, and deepen economic cooperation with APEC economies.
“Everyone – including women, youth, and indigenous peoples – should have the opportunity to benefit from the opportunities that flow from the global economy. That is the message I will bring to the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and the ASEAN Summit,” the prime minister said.
After the Economic Leaders’ Meeting, Prime Minister Trudeau will travel to the Philippines to attend the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila.
Prime Minister Trudeau previously met with President Tran Dai Quang on the margins of APEC in Peru in November 2016, and with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on the margins of the G7 in Japan in May 2016.
Vietnam has been Canada’s largest trading partner in the ASEAN region since 2015. Two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Vietnam totaled CAD5.5 billion in 2016, up 17% 2015. Since 2011, overall bilateral merchandise trade between the two countries has more than tripled, with Vietnam maintaining a large trade surplus with the North American country.
There are around 220,000 Vietnamese-Canadians and Canada currently hosts 7,000 Vietnamese students, making Vietnam Canada’s 11th largest source country for international students.