|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (left) and his Algerian counterpart Abdelmalek Sellal at Houari Boumedienne Airport. — Photo VNA
ALGIERS (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung arrived at Houari Boumedienne Airport in Algiers, the capital of Algeria, yesterday, beginning an official tour at the invitation of his Algerian counterpart Abdelmalek Sellal.
Following an official welcome ceremony led by Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, the two Prime Ministers laid wreaths at a monument for fallen soldiers and visited the veterans' museum in Algiers.
Dung is scheduled to call at Algeria International Fair and attend a Viet Nam-Algeria business dialogue the same day.
Viet Nam's major currency earners in Algerian trade include coffee, rice, phones, and spare parts. In the first quarter of this year, the exports to Algeria rose by 1 per cent over last year's US$68.6 million, including US$35.27 million from phones and spare parts, US$18.24 million from coffee and US$2.6 million from rice. Algeria is currently Viet Nam's third largest African importer.
In investment, PetroVietnam has oil exploration and exploitation missions in Algeria; it is expected to start commercial operations this June.
Nearly 1,200 Vietnamese labourers work for contractors from Japan and China in the African country.
The two countries have signed dozens of agreements and memoranda of understanding on economic, sci-tech, trade, maritime transport, as well as health care and education cooperation. — VNS