|National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung (R) meets with Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung confirmed the legislature's commitment to enhancing co-operation between Viet Nam and Tanzania yesterday during a reception for Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete in Ha Noi.
Hung expressed his gratitude for Tanzania's support during Viet Nam's struggle for liberation and its current national construction efforts. He also praised the outcomes of meetings between Kikwete and Vietnamese Party and State leaders.
Viet Nam treasures its friendship with Tanzania, he said, suggesting the two countries boost collaboration in telecommunications, agriculture, politics, culture and education.
Hung also invited the Tanzanian National Assembly speaker to pay an official visit to Viet Nam and attend the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in 2015.
Kikwete said his visit's objective was to deepen the two countries' relationship. He said he hoped the two national assemblies would continue to tighten their co-operation in legislative and supervisory procedures.
Tanzania a gateway
Visiting Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete said yesterday that his country could be a crucial gateway for Vietnamese businesses to make further inroads into the 400-million-strong African market.
Speaking at a round-table business discussion in Ha Noi, the president said Tanzania, one of the most popular destinations in East Africa for foreign investors, was ready to strengthen co-operation with foreign partners, including Vietnamese businesses.
He listed several advantages offered by his country, including developed infrastructure, one of the best economies in the region with an annual economic growth of 7 percent, political stability, a healthy business environment and good incentives and protections for foreign investors.
Viet Nam and Tanzania could collaborate in many areas including rice and coffee cultivation, fisheries, mining, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and education, said Hoang Van Dung, Vice Chairman of the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI).
Bilateral trade between Viet Nam and Tanzania increased from US$30-40 million in 2009 to $105 million last year and $59.7 million in the first half of 2014.
Viet Nam mainly exports rice and clinker to Tanzania while importing cotton, cashew nut and cattle-feed. — VNS