|President Truong Tan Sang hosted a reception in Ha Noi yesterday for outgoing Norwegian Ambassador Stale Risa.— VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang hosted a reception in Ha Noi yesterday for outgoing Norwegian Ambassador Stale Risa.
The leader spoke highly of the diplomat's contributions to strengthening multi-faceted cooperation between the two countries and acknowledged his role in encouraging Norwegian investors to do business in Viet Nam.
He also thanked Ambassador Risa for encouraging the Norwegian Government maintain its official development assistance (ODA) to Viet Nam and recognise Viet Nam as a market economy.
Sang said the two countries still had opportunities to co-ordinate on renewable energy, electricity and telecommunication, adding that Viet Nam was willing to act as a bridge connecting Norway with other ASEAN nations.
Risa said he believed that a free-trade agreement between the two nations would be signed soon, opening up more chances for ship building, navigation, aquatic product exploitation and telecoms.
He confirmed Norway's willingness to provide technical assistance for projects in Viet Nam. — VNS