Armenian PM seeks to boost trade, investment ties with Vietnam

09:15 | 13/07/2019 Cooperation

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had a working session with some major Vietnamese businesses in Hanoi on July 6 to seek ways to facilitate bilateral trade and investment.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan (centre) speaks at the working session with Vietnamese businesses in Hanoi on July 6 - Photo: VNA

The event was attended by representatives of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and big enterprises in such industries as textile-garment, jewellery, and information technology.

The PM, who is on an official visit to Vietnam, said the investment climate in his country is improving in a way that facilitates businesses’ development, and there are almost no barriers to foreign investment attraction there.

Armenia is investing big in developing information and digital technology. It has also exported a number of high-tech products in the agricultural and processing sectors, which are also the fields the country wants to seek opportunities for investment cooperation, he noted.

PM Pashinyan said his country is looking for chances for investment and trade partnerships in certain aspects, including textile-garment, agricultural products, food, alcoholic beverages and dried fruit export, in which both countries have advantages and potential.

At the session, VCCI Chairman Vu Tien Loc voiced his belief that there remains much potential for the two countries’ economic relations.

He said Vietnam has demand for many commodities of Armenia’s strength like machinery, equipment and textile-garment materials. Meanwhile, it can also step up the export of aquatic products, farm produce, electronic devices and apparel to the European nation.

PM Pashinyan also showed his interest in Vietnamese coffee products, noting that these might be potential products and if any Vietnamese companies wish, they could be assisted to develop their market in Armenia.

Also on July 6, the visiting leader had a meeting with representatives of the Vietnam-Armenia Friendship Association and Vietnamese people who once studied and worked in his country.