Ambassador highlights progress in Vietnam-Russia ties in 2018

09:16 | 02/02/2019 Cooperation

Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh highlighted developments in the two countries’ relations last year at a meeting with representatives of Russian and Vietnamese media agencies in Moscow on January 30.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh speaks at the meeting with the two countries' press agencies in Moscow on January 30 - Photo: VNA

He said bilateral ties have been flourishing in all fields, from politics, economy, defence-security and science-technology to education and people-to-people links.

Capitalizing on the free trade agreement between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union, to which Russia is a party, the two countries’ businesses have bolstered economic, trade and investment partnerships, the diplomat said.

According to the General Department of Vietnam Customs, bilateral trade reached 4.57 billion USD in 2018, up 28.6 percent from the previous year.

Building on positive energy exploitation cooperation, the two sides have been promoting key joint projects, especially the centre for nuclear science and technology and urban transport development projects in Vietnam.

Manh added they have also expanded collaboration to digital technology, e-government, renewable energy and the production of seeds, pesticides, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals.

Regarding tourism, the number of Russian visitors to Vietnam hit a record of more than 600,000 in 2018, ranking first among European nations and sixth among all sources of tourists to the Southeast Asian nation, he said, adding that more and more Vietnamese have also visited Russia.

Locality-to-locality ties have been reinforced and become substantive, focusing on economic, trade, investment, cultural and educational links. Many localities have sought trade and investment partnership opportunities and set up twin relations.

In terms of cooperation in 2019, Ambassador Manh said this year, the two countries will mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the treaty on basic principles of the Vietnam-Russia friendship and prepare to mark 70 years of bilateral diplomatic ties in 2020.

They will organize the Russia Year in Vietnam and the Vietnam Year in Russia, which are important to strengthening their comprehensive strategic partnership. Accordingly, a variety of activities will be held throughout 2019 and 2020, from high-ranking visits, workshops, exhibitions to trade, investment and tourism promotion events, arts performances and youth exchanges.

He expressed his belief that the Friendship Year will be successful and boost the countries’ partnership.

Theo VNA