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Prime Minister receives Israeli agriculture minister

Update: November, 01/2013 - 08:24

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung receives  visiting Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Yair Shamir in Ha Noi yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam                   

HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has suggested that Viet Nam and Israel discuss a possible bilateral free trade agreement to accelerate two-way trade in the future.

Meeting visiting Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Yair Shamir in Ha Noi yesterday, Dung urged the prompt formation of a joint committee to boost co-operation between the two countries.

He voiced his hope that Israel would continue its ODA provision for Viet Nam, focusing on human resources, infrastructure development and climate change.

He said the two sides should further strengthen co-operation on the application of high technology in agriculture and telecommunications.

The PM pledged that the Vietnamese Government would create all possible conditions for Israeli businesses to invest in Viet Nam.

Deputy Chairwoman of the National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan meets visiting Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Yair Shamir in Ha Noi yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo An Dang

Hailing the outcome of talks between Shamir and his Vietnamese counterpart, Cao Duc Phat, Dung said there was room for both sides to co-operate, especially in science and technology, agriculture, defence and security, trade and investment.

He said both countries should work more closely together to speed up their co-operation in areas of strengths for mutual benefits.

In reply, Shamir said his visit aimed to foster investment co-operation between the two countries, especially in agriculture.

Expressing his delight with the co-operation results between the two countries over the past year, the Israeli minister said the two sides should design a more favourable legal framework to bolster their co-operation in the future when two-way trade could increase rapidly from the current figure of over US$1 billion.

He said that besides working together in agriculture, Viet Nam and Israel should also expand their co-operation in pharmaceuticals, high technology, chemicals, fertiliser production and development co-operation.

Viet Nam and Israel made a strong commitment to promote agricultural co-operation, especially in high-tech agriculture and seeds, at talks between Vietnamese Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Cao Duc Phat and his visiting Israeli counterpart.— VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue

Earlier yesterday, Viet Nam and Israel made a strong commitment to promote agricultural co-operation, especially in high-tech agriculture and seeds, at talks between Vietnamese Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Cao Duc Phat and his visiting Israeli counterpart.

During the talks, the visiting minister said Israel wanted to promote agricultural research co-operation with Viet Nam and increase its farming exports to the country.

Israel was also interested in intellectual property co-operation with Viet Nam, added Shamir.

For his part, Phat suggested that Israel assist Viet Nam in irrigation. He said the application of Israel's advanced watering techniques should be expanded to 10 million hectares across Viet Nam by 2020.

The Vietnamese minister also asked his guest to continue training courses on agricultural processing and post harvest technology, climate change and soil salinity for Vietnamese workers.

Phat said Viet Nam's agricultural sector planned to boost export activities and import produce and machinery from Israel.

Israel has run many agriculture training courses for Viet Nam during their 20 years of diplomatic relations. Since 2008, Viet Nam has sent over 2,000 workers to study in Israel.

Israel has also worked with Viet Nam on many research projects relating to dairy produce and greenhouse gases. — VNS

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