How Nigeria, Vietnamese partnership can yield benefits, by Osinbajo
As leaders engage in bilateral talks
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said Nigeria’s friendship with Vietnam can yield much more beneficial fruits for citizens of both nations. Osinbajo spoke, yesterday, as Nigeria and the Southeast Asian country continue to deepen cooperation across different sectors.
Specifically, the Vice President spoke during the State Banquet held in his honour by his Vietnamese counterpart, Madam Vo Thi Anh Xuan, at the International Convention Centre, Hanoi.
He noted: “Our friendship with Vietnam, which we cherish most dearly, is one that will develop, especially now that we have very anticipatory greater collaboration. And we are eager to nurture that relationship. We have so much in common that increased cooperation between Nigeria and Vietnam can only yield beneficial fruits for both of us.”
According to the Vice President, “our tropical climate, relatively high population and developmental aspirations have dictated that we pay serious attention to agriculture and manufacturing.”
He commended Vietnam’s remarkable efforts in those sectors and the “consistently high GDP growth despite strong global headwinds,” which he added: “Are worthy of emulation.”
Continuing, Osinbajo observed that with the “youthful population of digital natives, both Nigeria and Vietnam are also drawn to innovation and technology, revealing yet another vista of potential cooperation.”
He said: “Trade between our two countries is growing steadily and I am happy also to note our very fruitful discussions. We discussed the potential to deepen corporation between our two countries.”
While thanking the Vietnamese authorities for the kind donation of masks to Nigeria during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vice President assured that relations between both countries in the coming years would be more fruitful.
On her part, Madam Vo Thi Anh Xuan agreed with Osinbajo, commending Nigeria’s efforts in leading West Africa on the path of progress, citing the country’s energy transition efforts as an example.
She acknowledged that both Nigeria and Vietnam share common challenges and developmental aspirations, citing her country’s economic development targets, based on its Agenda 2045, as an example, assuring that Vietnam will continue to partner with Nigeria across different sectors, and describing Nigeria as a worthy partner.
Earlier, Osinbajo held bilateral talks with Vietnam’s Prime Minister, Pham Minh Chinh, at his office in Hanoi, where both leaders agreed on the need for more high-level political engagements between the governments of the two republics.
The Vietnamese Prime Minister told the Nigerian Vice President, “we always seek stronger relationship with you to build substance in the relationship,” and expressed hope that with Osinbajo’s visit to Hanoi, both governments can “forge stronger relationships, especially political diplomatic relationships, as a foundation into trade, development and security.”