|President Trần Đại Quang (right) receives Canada’s Minister of International Trade Francois-Philippe Champagne who is visiting Việt Nam to attend the APEC meeting. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sáng|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — President Trần Đại Quang has expressed his appreciation for the relations between Việt Nam and Canada, wishing to bolster the bilateral multi-dimensional cooperation in a more practical manner.
He made the remarks at a reception in Hà Nội on Sunday for Canada’s Minister of International Trade Francois-Philippe Champagne who is visiting Việt Nam to attend the APEC meeting.
The President hopes to boost the partnership between the two countries in order to maintain peace, stability and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world.
He also expressed his satisfaction with the development of bilateral relations between the two countries in recent years, including those in trade and investment, ODA, education, defence cooperation and the response to climate change.
He hailed Canada for considering Việt Nam as an important partner and prioritized trade market in the Asia-Pacific region.
Vietnam is working hard to improve its business and investment environment and fine-tuning its legal system so it could realize the target of raising its two-way trade with Canada to US$8-10 billion in the next five years, the leader noted.
The Minister stated that Việt Nam is becoming Canada’s largest trader in ASEAN.
Education is seen as a pillar of the two countries’ multi-faceted cooperation, he said, referring to 250,000 Vietnamese living and working in Canada as an effective bridge between the two peoples.
On the occasion, he sought Vietnam’s backing of Canada’s bids to become a member of the East Asia Summit (EAS) and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in the 2021-2022 term. — VNS