Speaking at the reception, Minister Lam highlighted the strong growth of the EU-Vietnam partnership across all fields, especially since the two sides set up their bilateral comprehensive cooperative partnership in 2016 and put the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) into effect last August.
The deal has turned Vietnam into the EU’s leading trade partner among the ASEAN countries and one of the Asian countries that the EU has shared partnership with in all fields, including security and law enforcement, he noted.
The Minister highlighted that in the field of cyber security, the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and the EU have enjoyed close collaboration with the regular organization of conferences, training, online meetings, consultations and the exchange of expertise.
He underlined that the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security recognizes and highly values the support and positive cooperation, dialogue and experience sharing from the EU in building and implementing laws related to cyber security.
Minister To Lam said that, during the building of the Law on Cyber Security and related decrees, Vietnam has received consultations and experience sharing from the EU in protection of personal data, he added.
The host proposed the EU to share its experience with Vietnam in ensuring cyber security for major information infrastructure networks. He also suggested the EU side collaborate with the Vietnam in managing trans-border data and protecting data of important sectors, while increasing discussions and its support in building and completing national legal framework regarding cyber security, national sovereignty in cyber space and fight against cyber-attacks. Minister To Lam also requested the EU side to transfer technologies, assist equipment for cyber security protection and high-tech criminal control.
Regarding the EU-initiated Enhancing Security Cooperation in and with Asia (ESIWA) program, Minister Lam underlined that the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security highly values the outcomes of the EU-funded projects within the framework of the program in the 2014-2020 period, adding that the projects have made positive contributions to economic development in Vietnam, and fostering the Vietnam-EU comparative partnership in a deeper and more practical manner.
For his part, Mr. Wiegand said that the ties between the EU and Vietnam have thrived in not only economy, trade and investment but also in strategic areas of politics, diplomacy, and security.
The guest affirmed that he would continue to work hard to boost the EU-Vietnam partnership in general, the cooperation between EU agencies with the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security in particular.