HA NOI — Viet Nam had always attached great importance to strengthening and expanding multi-faceted co-operation with member countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), National Assembly Vice Chairman Nguyen Duc Kien told EFTA Parliamentary Committee President Svein Roalh Hansen.
Kien highly appreciated the role and potential of EFTA countries during a reception for Hansen in Ha Noi yesterday. He said Viet Nam and the EFTA should expand co-operation in economy, trade, investment, culture, and science and technology among others.
Kien affirmed that Viet Nam's National Assembly would accelerate the negotiation process to facilitate the signature of a free trade agreement (FTA) ahead of schedule.
In reply, Svein Roalh Hansen told the host that the EFTA was willing to recognise Viet Nam as a market economy while stressing that the signature of the FTA would be the following step.
President of Lao trade union group meets VN counterpart
HA NOI — Chairman of the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour Dang Ngoc Tung affirmed the determination to preserve the traditional friendship and special solidarity with the Lao partner while receiving President of the Lao Federation of Trade Unions Khamla Lorlonesy yesterday.
Tung expressed his delight at the increasing development of relations between the two sides and congratulated Laos on the success of the 6th congress of the Lao Federation of Trade Unions.
Lorlonesy said he wanted the two sides to strengthen the exchange of delegations and create favourable conditions for trade unions in different sectors and localities to establish and strengthen the friendly relations.
He also urged Vietnamese partners to share their experience and co-ordinate with each other to enhance international co-operation and improve the quality of their staff.
Also on the occasion, the Lao Party and Government conferred the Labour Medal on Tung and seven others in recognition of their contributions to the Lao Federation of Trade Unions. — VNS