|Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Strategic relations between Thailand and Viet Nam are likely to strengthen during the present visit to Viet Nam by Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha.
The visit, at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, is being made to discuss co-operation in trade, investment, transport and agro-forestry, and enhance co-ordination at regional and international forums, including of the Greater Mekong Subregion.
Viet Nam and Thailand established diplomatic ties in 1976, and upgraded their rapport to strategic partnership in 2013 during a visit to Thailand by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.
Two-way trade hit US$7.6 billion from January to September, a year-on-year increase of 11 per cent. As of October, Thailand ran 365 investment projects in Viet Nam with total registered capital of $6.63 billion.
Meanwhile, Viet Nam is running eight investment projects worth about $9 million in Thailand.
In addition to exchanging delegations, the two countries have shared experiences in the fight against cross-border, cyber and drug crimes and human trafficking.
Viet Nam and Thailand also promote collaboration in education, culture, and aviation. The two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding on co-operation in vocational training involving Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar.
Viet Nam hopes to learn more ab out agriculture, forestry and fisheries from Thailand, but bilateral co-operation in these fields is yet to be stepped up. — VNS