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Deputy PM's visit beefs up Viet Nam-Israel co-operation

Update: December, 04/2015 - 08:57
Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv. — VNA/VNS Photo Trung Kien

TEL AVIV (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai paid an official visit to Israel for the first three days of December to promote multi-faceted cooperation with the country.

During his stay, Deputy PM Hai had meetings and working sessions with Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Silvan Shalom; Minister of Science, Technology and Space Ofir Akunis; and representatives from Elbit System and Hutchison Kinrot groups.

He attendedthe Viet Nam-Israel Economic Cooperation Forum in Tel Aviv on Wednesday (local time), where he spoke to 100 representatives from Israeli economic agencies and firms about Viet Nam's growth potential and advantages.

He highlighted Viet Nam's favourable policies to attract foreign investment into the country, especially as the country accelerates its international integration through a series of crucial free trade agreements.

The Deputy PM said sustainable development and green growth are national goals that coincide with Israel's strengths in hi-tech agriculture, cyber security technology, healthcare, and post-harvest preservation. He suggested businesses seek partnerships in these fields.

In terms of developing modern and large scale agriculture and rural economy, many Vietnamese localities would welcome more cooperation with Israel in hi-tech agricultural production, Hai said.

Israeli representatives at the forum praised the countries' good relations and affirmed their plans to step up country affiliation in science-technology and agriculture.

Trade ties between Viet Nam and Israel recorded positive growth in recent years, reaching over US$1 billion annually. Israel is operating 18 projects worth $39 million in agriculture, chemicals, textiles and informatics in Viet Nam.

Of particular note are dairy cow breeding projects in Nghe An Province and HCM City, and an aquaculture project in Can Tho City, both using the latest agricultural technologies. — VNS

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