HA NOI — Viet Nam will be one of the top 12 priority markets in foreign trade for the Czech Republic during the period of 2011-15, Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg said during his meeting with Viet Nam's Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh yesterday.
|PM Nguyen Tan Dung (right) receives Czech Deputy Prime Minister Karel Schwarzenberg in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
Schwarzenberg expressed his wish to deepen cooperation in commerce and investment with Viet Nam and support the country in promoting comprehensive cooperation with the European Union.
Czech also would support Viet Nam in the early signing of a Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation (PCA), as well as urge the EU to recognise Viet Nam as a market economy and start negotiations for the Viet Nam-EU free trade agreement (FTA).
During the meeting, Foreign Minister Minh affirmed that Viet Nam is ready to create favourable conditions for Czech businesses to invest and do business in the country.
The two sides agreed that the third meeting of the Inter-Governmental Economic Cooperation Committee would meet in Praha in June, discussing solutions to speed up the implementation of agreements signed between the two countries, the disbursement of ODA capital and acceleration of the implementation of a number of key cement production and infrastructure projects in Viet Nam.
After the talks, Minh and his Czech counterpart signed a protocol on the amendment to the Viet Nam-Czech Republic aviation transport agreement.
Earlier in the day, Schwarzenberg also met with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. The Vietnamese leader hoped that the Czech Republic would support Viet Nam in its relations with other EU countries and increase the number of scholarships for Vietnamese students.
The Czech foreign minister agreed that both countries could benefit a great deal from the Vietnamese community in Czech and further affirmed Czech's wish to deepen relations with Viet Nam, especially in important areas such as economy, commerce and investment.
Two-way trade between Viet Nam and the Czech Republic rose from more than US$200 million in 2010 to almost $220 million last year — VNS