On Monday July 10, 2017, Prime Minister Phuc met Dirk ‘t Hooft and Nina Waldhauer of the Postharvest Network. They were given the opportunity to pitch the ongoing cooperation on solving the issues of postharvest management in Vietnam. The meeting was part of a three-day program of the Vietnamese government delegation in the Netherlands. The Prime Minister was accompanied by several ministers and more than 100 companies.
Vietnam has set itself the target to develop its domestic and foreign markets aiming to earn $33 billion in agro exports. To realize this ambition, it is key to ensure that products keep their high value and quality throughout the entire supply chain in order to satisfy the customer. The Postharvest Network supports Vietnam in developing its agrologistics and postharvest management through knowledge sharing and implementation of technical as well as organizational innovations. A key aspect is the set-up of a local network led by a Vietnamese organization to be our local counterpart and direct outreach to Vietnamese stakeholders.
This combination offers the unique opportunity to improve food quality and security as well as nutritional value, while at the same time reducing post-harvest losses and introducing efficient climate smart solutions. Both for the domestic as well as for the export market.
The Prime Minister responded to this pitch by saying that reducing the current postharvest losses of approximately 30% deserves the highest attention. Prime Minister Phuc mentioned to his Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hoang Van Thang to take further action. During his visit to the Netherlands, Prime Minister Phuc also indicated that in Vietnam many opportunities exist in the areas of water, climate, agriculture, food security, urban development, energy and logistics.
Vietnam-Netherlands Joint Statement issued in the Framework of the working visit:
”[…] Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Prime Minister Mark Rutte highly valued the practical cooperation within the framework of the Strategic Partnership Arrangement on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security. Vietnam and the Netherlands will exchange views on improving value chains in agriculture, including in safe meat production chains and creating favorable conditions for innovative sustainable agriculture. Vietnam welcomes the experience and cooperation of the Netherlands in this field. Together with the World Bank Group, they signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Food Safety Management in Vietnam involving Dutch support for Vietnam in terms of professional knowledge, technology and experience. Vietnam appreciates the technical support of the Netherlands in developing Vietnam’s National Food Branding strategy in recent years. Vietnam cordially invited the Netherlands to participate in the Vietnam FoodExpo 2018 as the Country of Honour. […] The leaders pledged to further strengthen cooperation in training experts and academic exchange among each other’s institutions.” (Source: http://hanoitimes.com.vn/news/viet-nam/2017/07/81e0b451/full-text-of-vietnam-netherlands-joint-statement/)
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hoped Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) of the Netherlands will step up cooperation with its peers from Vietnam in agriculture, environment and water management. (Source: http://english.vov.vn/society/pm-urges-dutch-university-to-step-up-ties-with-vietnam-353362.vov)
It is expected that a delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) will visit the Netherlands in October 2017.
In 2018 Vietnam and the Netherlands will celebrate the 45th anniversary of their diplomatic relations and agreed that the respective sides will coordinate where appropriate in marking this special year.