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Prime Minister Dung talks trade co-operation in Belarus

Update: May, 17/2013 - 09:20
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Belarusian counterpart Mikhail Myasnikovich salute the flag in Belarus yestersday. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

MINSK (VNS)— Viet Nam and Belarus will maintain an exchange of high-ranking delegations to consolidate political trust which in turn will help boost bilateral ties.

This was the message from Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Belarus counterpart Mikhail Myasnikovich during Dung's official visit to Viet Nam's long-time partner in Minsk yesterday.

The two leaders focused their discussions on measures to boost bilateral trade turnover and investment. They agreed that the conclusion of the on-going free trade agreement negotiations between Viet Nam and Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Union would be a breakthrough.

They also sought stronger co-operation in industrial manufacturing, including establishing joint manufacturers in industrial machines, providing credit and supporting exports.

Belarusian Prime Minister Myasnikovich proposed the two sides set up preferential mechanisms for enterprises from both sides to boost trade and investment. He affirmed that the Development Bank of Belarus was ready to work with Vietnamese partners to support finance and, by doing so, help promoting investment and trade between two countries.

Both sides agreed to improve the efficiency of the Inter-governmental Commission on economic-trade and science-technology co-operation and would strive to meet the targets as set in the Economic Co-operation Programme for the 2013-15 period.

The leaders expressed their delight at each other's support in international forums, such as the United Nations and Non-Aligned Movement, for the benefits of the two countries' peoples.

They were in favour of maintaining peace, stability, safety and marine security in the East Sea. Any dispute should be settled by amicable measures in accordance with the international laws.

As part of the cultural exchange, there would be a Vietnamese culture day held in Belarus and vice versa.

Also yesterday Dung met with Chairman of the House of Representatives and deputy Chairman of the Council of the Republic of National Assembly for Belarus, Vladimir Andreichenko and Anatoly Rusetsky.

In order to add depth to the co-operative partnership between Viet Nam and Belarus, Dung asked the Belarusian National Assembly to give judiciary support and monitor the implementation of agreements signed between two governments.

Dung took the opportunity to express his thanks to Belarusian leaders and authorities for creating favourable conditions for the Vietnamese communities to live a stable life in Belarus. He said these people would help develop further understanding between the two countries.

In their warm welcome to the Vietnamese Prime Minister, Andreichenko and Rusetsky emphasised that the countries' two National Assemblies had close ties and could be a very important channel in the multi-faceted relationship between them.

They pledged Belarus's commitment to strengthening the partnership and bringing bilateral trade turnover to US$1 billion in the near future.

After his meetings, Dung offered flowers at the capital's Victory Square. — VNS

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