|Deputy Prime Minister Vương Đình Huệ meets with Prime Minister Robert Fico on Thursday during his two-day visit to Slovakia. - VNA/VNS Photo
BRATISLAVA – Deputy Prime Minister Vương Đình Huệ on Thursday proposed to leaders of Slovakia that they help promote ties between Việt Nam and the European Union. Huệ paid a two-day visit to the European nation, meeting with Prime Minister Robert Fico and other top officials.
PM Fico expressed his admiration for the Vietnamese people’s achievements in national building and development.
The two countries’ relations will develop based on the traditional friendly ties and shared common values, he said, adding that Slovakia supports the development of Việt Nam-EU ties, including the signing and ratification of the Việt Nam-EU Free Trade Agreement.
The PM suggested increasing people-to-people exchanges to help young generations understand the long-standing relations between the two countries.
He also hailed the contributions of the Vietnamese community in Slovakia and affirmed Slovakia will create the best conditions for Vietnamese expatriates to integrate into the host society and preserve their national identity.
Also on Thursday, Huệ attended a workshop on promoting Việt Nam-Slovakia investment with more than 100 businesses in Slovakia and Central and Eastern Europe represented. He highlighted his country’s socio-economic accomplishments, development plans and incentives to encourage investment in Việt Nam.
He called on Slovakian enterprises to invest in Việt Nam in areas such as automobile and spare parts manufacturing, mechanics, industrial equipment, electronics, and infrastructure development. He also exchanged information with leading companies on potential investment in Việt Nam’s high-tech industry, electronics, renewable energy, high-tech agriculture, and information technology.
He noted that there are ample opportunities for Slovakia’s industrial products, mechanics, energy and food to access Việt Nam, and from there on to other ASEAN and Asia-Pacific markets.
At a meeting with representatives of the Vietnamese community in Central and Eastern Europe, including Slovakia, the Republic of Czech, Poland, and Hungary, Huệ said he hoped the overseas Vietnamese will continue serving as a bridge to connect the nations. — VNS