|The meeting was co-chaired by Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh and Secretary of State for International Economic Relations at the Argentinean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Religions Carlos Bianco. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Quang Son
BUENOS AIRES (VNS) — The fourth meeting of the Viet Nam-Argentina Inter-governmental Committee on Cooperation took place on October 29-30 in Buenos Aires, focusing on specific measures to boost bilateral collaboration.
The meeting was co-chaired by Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh and Secretary of State for International Economic Relations at the Argentinean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Religions Carlos Bianco.
Both sides agreed on mechanisms and specific measures to enhance bilateral ties in economics, trade, investment, agriculture, energy, technology, education, culture and health.
They expressed satisfaction with the rapid increase in two-way trade in recent years despite global economic difficulties, sharing the goal of diversifying traded products while considering ways to achieve balanced bilateral trade.
The Vietnamese side wished to export more tropical fruit, rice and coffee to Argentina, while the Latin American country proposed accelerating quarantine negotiations so it could sell citrus fruits, blueberries, pears, apples and cherries to Viet Nam. The Argentinean side also proposed signing memoranda of understanding on co-operation in communications, industry and bio-technology.
The two sides agreed to continue implementing projects related to controlling hoof-and-mouth disease in cattle, preserving farm produce post-harvest, increasing the quality of cattle feed and applying biological technology to producing high-yield soybeans and rice varieties.
The Argentinean side urged the speeding of negotiations on a co-operation programme between the two education ministries to grant scholarships in priority fields during the 2015-2018 period.
During his stay in Argentina, Deputy Minister Tuan Anh also met with Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers Jorge Capitanich and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Religions Hector Timerman. — VNS