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Visiting Haitian PM looks to boost ties

Update: December, 17/2012 - 09:36


Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Salvador Lamothe. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS)— The Prime Minister of Haiti, Laurent Salvador Lamothe, arrived in Viet Nam yesterday to begin an official visit at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Tan Dung.

The two politicians are expected to discuss measures to boost the co-operation between the countries, with a particular focus on trade, investment, agriculture, construction and health.

They are also set to discuss regional and international issues of mutual concern.

Viet Nam and Haiti first established diplomatic ties on September 26, 1997.

Haiti's unique political and economic situation, as well as its large geological distance from Viet Nam, has meant that bilateral relations between the countries have yet to reach their full potential.

In 2010 two-way trade reached US$11 million. The following year the figure grew rapidly to $40 million, with Viet Nam's exports accounting for $15 million of the amount. Midway into 2012, $19 million worth of trade had already taken place.

Viet Nam imports mainly clothing material, pulp and animal feed from Haiti. It exports garments, rattan, timber and furniture, instant noodles, chemical substances and plastic products to the country, where about 220 Vietnamese people live and work.

In 2010, Viettel telecommunications group partnered with Haiti's Teleco S.A to set up NATCOM S.A.

The joint-venture, in which Viettel contributed 60 per cent of the $100 million investment, began operation in September 2011. After just one year of operation, NATCOM possessed 20 per cent of Haiti's mobile phone market.

On January 12, 2010, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale shook Haiti. It killed 300,000 people and left 3 million others homeless. The Vietnamese Government donated $150,000 to support the country in the aftermath of the disaster. — VNS

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