|President Truong Tan Sang receives Slovakian Deputy Minister of Economics Pavol Pavlis in Ha Noi.—VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS)— President Truong Tan Sang made positive remarks about the traditional ties with Slovakia and expressed great appreciation for Slovakian leaders' support for stepping up co-operation with the country.
In a reception yesterday for visiting Slovakian Deputy Minister of Economics Pavol Pavlis, Sang discussed possibilities for the two sides to expand co-operation in various fields such as industry, agriculture, education and training.
He also asked the guest to spend time making a fact-finding tour to regions in Viet Nam in order to collect useful information for consulting his government on possibilities for bilateral co-operation.
Pavlis, who attended a meeting with the Viet Nam-Slovak Intergovernmental Committee on Economic Cooperation in Ha Noi, gave a high estimation to Viet Nam's human resources.
He said his country is ready to create conditions for Vietnamese students to come to study and do research.
Pavlis said the purpose of his visit is to seek ways to help the two sides' businesses increase their cooperation as well as for two-way trade.
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|Vietnamese and Slovakian businesses met in Ha Noi yesterday to discuss plans to accelerate mutual understanding and co-operation in the fields of trade and investment between the two countries.— Photo ven.vn
Vietnamese and Slovakian businesses met in Ha Noi yesterday to discuss plans to accelerate mutual understanding and co-operation in the fields of trade and investment between the two countries.
Bilateral trade and investment relations between the two business communities have experienced significant growth in recent years, said the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice chairman Doan Duy Khuong yesterday at the Viet Nam-Slovakia Business Forum.
The relationships, however, still lagged behind the two countries' potential and demands, Khuong said, adding that the firms now enjoyed favourable conditions to speed up their co-operation due to stable politics of both countries and similarities in economic structures.
"As a member of the European Union (EU), Slovakia could capitalise on Viet Nam's WTO membership to export its products to this market and others in Southeast Asia," Khuong said.
"Viet Nam could also consider Slovakia an important trade partner to promote local products in the EU market."
Slovakia attached importance to strengthening economic and trade relations with Southeast Asian countries, including Viet Nam, which was a key partner of Slovakia, said Pavlis.
He said he hoped that the event yesterday would open a new page for businesses from both countries.
There was room for businesses to increase trade and investment co-operation, the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency general director Robert Simoncic said.
He outlined developing investment projects in each country, fostering import-export of value- added goods, and coordinating in research and development as the key trends for bilateral co-operation. — VNS