ROME – (VNS) Viet Nam and Italy have agreed to promote bilateral co-operation in industrial production and increase their products' competitiveness, said a Viet Nam News Agency correspondent in Italy.
The agreement was signed in Rome yesterday between Viet Nam Ministry of Industry and Trade and Italian Investment and Technology Promotion Office, under the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO ITPO).
The two sides committed to organise workshops to teach Italian and Vietnamese people about the two countries and exchange information on projects that can help improve the relationship between Italian and Vietnamese enterprises.
They also consented to promote sustainable development and green industry.
A Vietnamese representative will join UNIDO programmes to reinforce the industrial projects proposed by Viet Nam.
At a workshop on potential co-operation in industrial development in Viet Nam that was also held yesterday in Rome, Elisabetta Belloni, Head of Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry's Development Co-operation Department, said the projects with Vietnamese small-and medium-enterprises (SMEs) that UNIDO has supported in recent years had brought about significant results.
Viet Nam's entry into the World Trade Organisation and its preparation for Free Trade Area played an important role in helping SMEs in both countries seek out co-operation opportunities, Belloni added.
Experts from UNIDO ITPO agreed that successful co-operation between Viet Nam and UNIDO in this time of economic difficulty proved that Italian SMEs could find investment opportunities in the Asian country. – VNS