The Permanent Deputy Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, His Excellency Truong Hoa Binh, will undertake an Official Visit to Malaysia from 11 to 13 July 2017. He will be accompanied by six deputy ministers and several government officials. This will be HE Binh's first Official Visit to Malaysia in his capacity as the Permanent Deputy Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam since assuming office on 9 April 2016.

The visit will include a courtesy call on The Honourable Prime Minister, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak and a courtesy call on H.E . Binh's counterpart, the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister, Dato' Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. The Permanent Deputy Prime Minister will also call on the Minister at the Prime Minister's Department, Honourable Dato' Seri Dr. Shahidan Kassim and the Secretary General of UMNO, Honourable Datuk Seri Utama Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor. In addition he will also meet with the Chief Justice of Malaysia, Tan Sri Dato' Seri Md Rauf Sharif and the Attorney General of Malaysia, Tan Sri Dato' Sri Haji Mohamed Apandi Bin Ali. The Minister at the Prime Minister's Department will also host a reception and the President of the Senate, Dato' Sri SA. Vigneswaran will host a dinner in honour of the Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and his delegation. HE Binh is also scheduled to have an engagement with Malaysia-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce (MVCC) and CIMB Group Holdings Berhad.

It is expected that HE Binh will discuss and exchange views on issues related to security cooperation, legal and judicial cooperation, maritime security and fishery cooperation, labour cooperation and consular protection during his meeting with YAB Deputy Prime Minister and calls with the Malaysian dignitaries.

H.E. Binh, who was the former Chief Judge of the Supreme People's Court is now the Member of the Politburo and Vice Secretary of Civil Affairs Commission of the Government's Party Committee.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and Vietnam 44 years ago, bilateral relations between both countries have grown steadily and can be described as broad-based and substantive, with both countries enjoying vibrant cooperative relations in a wide range of sectors namely trade and investment, education, security, defence and people-to-people ties. Relations between Malaysia and Vietnam reached a new milestone in 2015 when both countries elevated its relations to a Strategic Partnership. Thus, the Official Visit of H.E. Binh to Malaysia acts as a manifestation of the importance which Vietnam attaches to its Strategic Partnership with Malaysia. The visit also provides an excellent opportunity for both leaders to review the progress of the existing bilateral relations and discuss how to strengthen relations between two countries in the areas of mutual interest.

Trade between Malaysia and Vietnam have increased three-fold over the past 10 years with total trade amounting to USD10.3 billion in 2016. Following the agreement to elevate Malaysia-Vietnam relations to Strategic Partnership in 2015, both countries are on course to reach bilateral trade to USD15 billion by the year 2020. Vietnam's investment in Malaysia in 2016 was recorded at USD156 million, an increase of 42.6% from USD89.6 million in 2015. Currently, Malaysia is ranked as the seventh largest FDI contributor in Vietnam with a total registered capital of USD12.3 billion in 2016.

It is hoped that the visit will pave way to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries and provide a platform for Malaysia and Vietnam to build closer rapport and cultivate mutual understanding.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia