Diplomatic activities to tighten Vietnam-Czech economic links

09:08 | 11/02/2017 Cooperation

On February 7 in Prague, Vietnamese Ambassador to the Czech Republic Truong Manh Son held a working session with the leaders of the Czech Confederation of Industry and Transport (SP) led by President of the Czech Confederation of Industry and Transport Jaroslav Hanak, beginning an array of diplomatic activities to foster Vietnam-Czech economic ties.

diplomatic activities enhanced to foster vietnam czech economic ties
Ambassador Truong Manh Son (R) presents a book on Vietnam's investment policy to President of the Czech Confederation of Industry and Transport Jaroslav Hanak - Photo: VNA

While reviewing their coordination in 2016, SP leaders, Vietnamese Ambassador Son and other Vietnamese diplomats noted both achievements and failures and devised joint programs for this year.

Both sides discussed mechanisms for exchanging information and business delegations, looked into the causes of and sought measures to tackle problems in economic, trade and tourism cooperation.

Regarding big issues such as the launch of a direct air route linking Hanoi and Prague, procedures for granting visas to Vietnamese entrepreneurs and tourists and issues facing Czech companies in the Southeast Asian nation, they agreed to advise relevant agencies on solutions to address them.

Ambassador Son also introduced SP to projects the Vietnamese Government is calling for investment in and in which the confederation may be interested.

Meanwhile, SP President Jaroslav Hanák said he is going to visit Vietnam in the time ahead to prepare for a Vietnam–Czech Republic business forum in Hanoi and a visit to Vietnam by a senior Czech leader.

He told Vietnam News Agency that he hopes the forum will attract a large number of entrepreneurs so that high-ranking officials from the two countries can listen to their opinions and issue policies to promote their economic partnership.

Ambassador Truong Manh Son said the two sides had clarified their countries’ advantages, which will be prioritised for collaboration, including agro-forestry-fishery products from Vietnam and trucks, tractors and locomotives from the Czech Republic.

The Vietnamese Embassy and SP have conducted joint activities for years, greatly contributing to bilateral economic and trade ties, he noted.

Son added 2016 was defined as the year of diplomatic activities for the sake of economic development and Vietnam-Czech cooperation. This policy will continue with some adjustments in 2017 to yield better results.

Minh Nguyet