Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc receives Italian Ambassador Cecilia Piccioni in Hà Nội.— Photo VGP
HÀ NỘI — Further co-operation in investments and trade between Viêt Nam and Italy will bring benefits to both sides, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc said during a reception for Italian Ambassador Cecilia Piccioni in Hà Nội yesterday.
Hailing the ambassador’s contributions in the past year, Prime Minister Phúc said he hopes she will continue to promote the strategic partnership between the two nations.
The Vietnamese leader also hopes the two Governments will increase visits by high-ranking delegations, while deepening bilateral collaboration.
He also asked for Italy’s support for Viêt Nam in high-quality labour training, especially in software and other sectors of mutual interest.
The Italian Ambassador emphasised her responsibility to promote effective multi-faceted cooperation between the two countries.
Italian leaders see Viêt Nam as an important partner, she said. This was demonstrated when Italian President Sergio Mattarella visited Viêt Nam as his first destination in Asia in November 2015.
She noted that along with trade and investment, Italy wants to cooperate with Vietnam in science, education and culture. She will work to connect Italian enterprises with Vietnamese partners.
By the end of 2015, two-way trade between Viêt Nam and Italy was estimated at over US$4 billion. Viêt Nam is currently Italy’s largest trading partner in ASEAN. Italian brands like Ariston and Piaggio have been flourishing in the Vietnamese market. — VNS