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Viet Nam, Russia plan economic co-operation

Update: September, 18/2013 - 08:03
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan and his Russian counterpart Olga Golodets agreed on the need to boost bilateral economic co-operation during a meeting in Moscow yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo Cao Cuong
MOSCOW (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan and his Russian counterpart Olga Golodets agreed on the need to boost bilateral economic co-operation during a meeting in Moscow yesterday.

The meeting also included the early signing of a free trade agreement between Viet Nam and the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus and the speeding-up of co-operation in the field of energy.

The leaders were in consensus that they needed measures to further their strategic co-operation in science – technology and education – training and agreed to accelerate the signing of a relevant framework agreement.

Nhan and his Russian host concurred that they should increase Russian scholarships for Viet Nam, step up the establishment of a Viet Nam – Russia Technology University, build a nuclear science and technology centre in Viet Nam and promote the teaching of Russian language and literature in Vietnamese educational institutions. They also planned to create all possible conditions for ministries, sectors, academies and research institutes to establish and expand co-operation.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan meets  with First Vice Chairman of the Russian State Duma Ivan Melnikov.—VNA/VNS Photo

Earlier on the same day, Nhan met with First Vice Chairman of the Russian State Duma Ivan Melnikov.

He said that Viet Nam and Russia could broaden their co-operation in economics, banking, agriculture, transport, energy and the sea-based economy as well as traditional fields.

The construction of joint universities and research centres had especially good prospects, he said, making education – training yet another area for strategic co-operation.

For his part, Melnikov reiterated that the Russian parliament would back Viet Nam's proposals to further co-operation in education – training and the establishment of joint research and education – training institutes, while considering an agreement on the travel of individuals as well as military technical co-operation.

Nhan on Monday attended a round-table seminar in Moscow titled Strategic co-operation in education and science-technology: The foundation for sustainable development of the Viet Nam-Russia strategic partnership".

He noted that Viet Nam was grateful to Russia for training 25,000 Vietnamese doctorate holders and highly-qualified engineers in many fields.

Delegates to the seminar agreed to study the possibility of opening joint-venture universities, and considering new directions for co-operation in shipbuilding, space research, health care, marine science, biology and satellite positioning. — VNS

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