During a reception for the new Austrian Ambassador to Vietnam Thomas Schuller Gotzburg, in Hanoi on January 17, the PM said that the two countries need to further promote joint projects, particularly in potential fields such as trade and investment. He thanked the Austrian government for providing official development assistance for Vietnam over the past few years in railway, health care and vocational training, which has contributed to the country’s socio-economic development. Speaking highly of Austria’s Vamed Group’s project on modernising Cho Ray hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, PM Phuc wished that both sides would promptly sign a credit agreement to launch the project. The Vietnamese leader also asked Austria to push for the European Union (EU)’s signing and ratification of the EU- Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) to open up more opportunities for Vietnamese and Austrian firms. Pledging to provide all possible support for the ambassador to fulfil his assigned tasks, he hopes that the diplomat would visit the Vietnamese ministries, agencies, localities and businesses to reinforce their bilateral ties. Gotzburg, for his part, wishes that the two governments would work closely together to deepen their bilateral relations in the future. He promised to urge the Austrian government to accelerate their cooperation projects in Vietnam, including the Cho Ray hospital project. The guest also believes that the EU would promptly sign and approve the EVFTA.