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VN, Sri Lanka businesses look to promote trade

Update: November, 18/2011 - 09:39

HA NOI — The Vietnamese Government would create the most favourable conditions for Sri Lankan businesses to find investment and trade opportunities in Viet Nam, said President Truong Tan Sang

Receiving a Sri Lanka business delegation led by Sri Lanka National Chamber of Commerce President Asoka Hettigoda in Ha NoI yesterday, Sang said the visit was a good sign to speed up Viet Nam-Sri Lanka trade and economic relations.

He said he hoped businesses from the two countries would take advantage of opportunities to co-operate and enter into joint ventures, contributing to raising bilateral trade turnover to US$1 billion by 2015.

Asoka Hettigoda said Sri Lankan businesses were interested in textiles and garments, precious stones, health, rubber and rubber wood, machines and tourism.

The delegation's visit aimed at not only studying the local market, but also setting up long-term investments in Viet Nam, he said.

Spanish foreign minister holds talks in Ha Noi

HA NOI — Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and Spain's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Juan Antonio Yanez Barnuevo held deputy ministerial-level political consultations in the capital city yesterday.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also received Juan Antonio Yanez Barnuevo on the same day.

At the meetings, the two sides said they would strengthen the exchange of different level visits between delegations.

They agreed to continue co-ordinating and supporting each other at multilateral and international forums while affirming to continue creating favourable conditions to strengthen co-operation in economy, trade and investment between the two sides.

They reached a consensus to implement Spain's official development assistance projects in Viet Nam on schedule with due attention given to building the metro route project in HCM City.

Satisfied with the two sides' co-operation efficiency in culture, education and tourism in the past years, they agreed to co-ordinate and organise activities to commemorate 35 years of their diplomatic relations by 2012.

The two sides also exchanged views about common concerns such as the global economic crisis, public debt in Europe and ASEAN-EU co-operation. — VNS

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