|President Truong Tan Sang (R) receives Advisor of the Belarus President Vsevolod Yanchevsky, in Ha Noi yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS) — The business communities of Viet Nam and Belarus should increase co-operation in investments, especially in joint strategic projects, President Truong Tan Sang has said.
While receiving Vsevolod Yanchevsky, advisor of the Belarus President, in Ha Noi yesterday, Sang confirmed that bilateral relations are developing well, though the value of two-way trade remains modest.
Sang suggested that both sides accelerate negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) to help their businesses penetrate each other's markets.
Viet Nam and the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan are conducting negotiations for an FTA, finishing their third round of talks in Minsk in September 2013.
President Sang revealed many Vietnamese telecom, food processing and garment businesses are planning to invest in Belarus.
For his part, Vsevolod Yanchevsky, who is also Head of the Central Ideology Department of the Presidential Administration of Belarus, spoke highly of Viet Nam's experience in maintaining political stability and developing a market economy amidst global complications.
He said the fine relationship between Belarus and Viet Nam would assist in the signing and implementation of co-operation projects in the areas of energy, education and high technology.
He also voiced Belarus's determination to create joint projects, and proposed the Vietnamese President support those projects.
Belarus is ready to train Vietnamese specialists, and wants to co-operate in information technology with Viet Nam, said Vsevolod.
The Belarus official also expressed his belief that the FTA will bring great benefits to both sides. — VNS