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Viet Nam, S Korea leaders consider science co-operation

Update: August, 28/2013 - 09:50
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan (L) yesterday met South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Yoon Byung Se to discuss co-operation in science and technology, education and human resources between the two countries.— Photos VGP

SEOUL (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan yesterday met South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Yoon Byung Se to discuss co-operation in science and technology, education and human resources between the two countries.

Nhan's visit was warmly welcomed and appreciated by Byung Se, especially as it preceded the upcoming official visit of South Korean President Park Geun Hye to Viet Nam – expected to take place early next month.

Byung Se expressed his hope for further co-operation between the two countries in terms of education and science and technology, mentioning the importance of co-operation between the Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) and the Viet Nam–Korean Institute of Science and Technology (V-KIST).

The two leaders also discussed co-operation for the new project of constructing a Government Integrated Data Centre in Viet Nam.

He affirmed South Korea would ensure close co-ordination among relevant State agencies to work towards enhancement of the constant strategic partnership relations between the two countries.

He added that South Korea, as the world's fifth leading country on nuclear power technology, would provide intellectual support to Viet Nam in the field if ever requested.

On his part, Nhan reaffirmed Viet Nam's current efforts to curb instances of Vietnamese workers staying illegally in South Korea on expiration of their contract, while urging close co-operation from South Korean State agencies in charge of the matter.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan also visited South Korean Government Integrated Data Centre (NCIA) and the Institute of Science and Technology.

He asked South Korea to reconsider welcoming Vietnamese workers.

He also asked South Korea to actively work to step up the negotiation process towards the signing of a mutual legal assistance agreement in civil affairs and trade which would help promote economic co-operation and exchanges between Vietnamese and South Korean people.

Nhan informed Young Se of the new tentative project that would incorporate South Korean language training into the curriculum of Viet Nam's high schools in addition to other foreign languages such as English, Chinese, Russian, French and German.

That same day, Nguyen Thien Nhan also visited the Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM), where he witnessed the signing of a memorandums of understanding between three Vietnamese vocational training schools and two South Korean vocational schools specialising in car repair and fitness and make-up training.

He also visited Vietnamese Embassy staff in South Korea as well as the South Korean Government Integrated Data Centre (NCIA) and the Institute of Science and Technology.

Through all the activities mentioned, Nhan had completed all of the targets set for his busy trip to South Korea, which started on August 26 and ends today. — VNS


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