President Trần Đại Quang receives Bangladeshi parliament speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sáng
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam and Bangladesh have agreed to lift two-way trade to US$1 billion, said President Trần Đại Quang during talks with the Bangladeshi parliament speaker yesterday.
Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury is on a four-day official visit to Việt Nam, at the invitation of her Vietnamese counterpart Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân.
In order to reach the $1 billion target, speaker Shirin believes that the two countries should promote mutual trade and commercial activities as well as encourage favourable conditions for businesses investing in either country.
She suggested Việt Nam look for investments in sectors like electronics, consumer goods or agricultural products.
“Bangladesh hopes Việt Nam will be a gateway into the ASEAN market for Bangladeshi products,” she told President Quang.
Quang affirmed that Việt Nam encourages the two sides to co-operate in fields like chemistry, mechanical engineering and food production as well as textiles, communications and transportation.
He also stressed the need to look for co-operation opportunities in other fields like security-defence, science-technology, and education and training.
President Quang valued the speaker’s visit, which promotes co-operation between the Vietnamese and Bangladeshi congresses.
He asked that Việt Nam and Bangladesh continue to co-operate and support each other in regional and international forums.
Quang also asked for Bangladesh’s support in Việt Nam’s bid for non-permanent member status at the UN Security Council for the period of 2020-2021 as well as Việt Nam’s candidacy for the post of UNESCO Director General.
Quang extended his invitation to the Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamid to visit Việt Nam in the near future.
On her part, Shirin said that Bangladesh wishes to strengthen the relationship with Việt Nam, and committed to supporting Việt Nam in regional and international forums.
Notifying Quang about her meeting with the NA Chairwoman Ngân, Shirin said that the two sides agreed to continue high-level delegations to share experience in lawmaking and inspect the implementation of co-operation agreements. — VNS