PM: Vietnam ready to promote ties with Slovenia

10:20 | 23/02/2017 Cooperation

On February 22, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held a reception for the new Ambassador of Slovenia, Janez Premoze at the Government Office in Hanoi.

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives Slovenian Ambassador Janez Premoze - Photo: VGP

Welcoming the new Ambassador of Slovenia to assume duty in Vietnam, the Vietnamese PM noted that Vietnamese-Slovenian relations have made progress in recent years, particularly in the fields of diplomacy-politics and trade. The two countries supported each other’s candidacy to enter various United Nations agencies.

Both sides have also had high-ranking exchanges, and bilateral trade cooperation grew 30 percent year on year in 2016.

Prime Minister Phuc expressed his hopes that the Ambassador during his tenure will accomplish his mission, contributing to the development of Vietnam - Slovenia relation, especially raising the bilateral trade value three or four times.

He called on Slovenian investors to do business in Vietnam, stressing that Vietnam will create the best possible environment for investors.

“We are willing to help and serve as a bridge for Slovenia to increase cooperation with ASEAN which is a large market with 600 million people,” PM Phuc said.

He urged the new Ambassador to persuade the Slovenian Government to provide ODA to Vietnam’s poor areas as well as to push for the signing of the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement (EV-FTA). The PM believed the EV-FTA will create a framework for more comprehensive and long-term cooperation between Vietnam and the EU, and between Vietnam and Slovenia in particular.

Ambassador Janez Premoze thanked Prime Minister for his reception. He affirmed that Slovenia always considers Vietnam an important partner, and will work for the signing of the EV-FTA, thus boosting the trade ties between the EU, Slovenia and Vietnam.

He said he is working to organize a session of the Slovenia-Vietnam joint committee on economic cooperation to be held within this year.

The Slovenian ambassador pledged to promote Vietnam to the Slovenian business community, adding that the two countries also have opportunities to boost people-to-people and scientific exchanges.

Knowing that Vietnam has become an attractive destination for tourists worldwide, including Slovenia, the ambassador wished to welcome a lot of Vietnamese visitors to Slovenia.

Xuan Tung