Dutch inves≠tors are interested in Vietnam's maritime development, and are seeking to expand bilateral co≠operation in shipbuilding in≠dustry and port infrastructure development, said the head of a Dutch business delegation.
Martin Bloem, managing director of the Holland Marine Equipment (HME) and head of a delegation representing 18 Dutch companies, pinpointed at a meeting here on Friday that maritime was a key area of cooperation. The delegation was accompanying the Netherlands Crown Prince Willem Alexander on a Vietnam visit that took in Hanoi, Haiphong and HCMC.
"Dutch companies plan to transfer technology in the maritime industry to Vietnam. We hoped cooperation between enterprises of the two countries should help develop the maritime sector," Martin Bloem told a meeting with 75 local businesses at a meeting here.
The delegation, which grouped business leaders in equipment supply, services, and technical design consultancy for ship-building and the oil and gas industries, visited Vietnam to sound out business opportunities.
During the meeting arranged by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dutch companies introduced numerous products including rotors and coolers, vibration, noise and shock control systems, rescue boats, and davits among others.
Bloem told the Daily that HME members had met with top officials of the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (Vinashin) and visited some factories in northern and southern Vietnam.
"HME planned to transfer technology in shipbuilding to Vinashin. Besides, some members of the delegation will start talks with Vinashin members to supply equipment and technologies," Bloem said.
Le Loc, deputy general director of Vinashin, told the Daily that his corporation had been cooperating with Dutch maritime companies for some time now, but still to a limited extent.
Vinashin is cooperating with Damen in design, technology and building vessels, and with Vosta LMG for building dredging ships.
Besides, Vinashin is doing business with Ned-Deck Marine in buying cranes for salvage tugs, with VAF in control systems for ships, with Vith Turbo BV in motive power systems and lHC Lagersmitin main axles.
Bloem, meanwhile, said Dutch companies would place special focus on the Vietnamese market which holds strong potential for development.
"We will continue to help our members in surveying the market and seeking business opportunities with Vietnamese enterprises," he said.
Economic cooperation between Vietnam and the Netherlands still does not match potential, with two-way trade last year posted at US$515 million, and direct investment from Dutch companies in Vietnam at around USS 1.835 trillion.