10:36 | 27/11/2017 MUTRAP Corner
(VEN) - The state visit to Vietnam from November 27-30 by President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda contributed to enhancing the friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
It is hoped the visit, coming 18 years after the visit to Vietnam of President Aleksander Kwasniewski and seven years after Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s, will expand cooperation prospects between the two countries.
Poland is Vietnam’s largest trading partner in Central and Eastern Europe, while Vietnam is Poland’s seventh largest trading partner outside the EU. Trade turnover between the two countries reached US$790 million in 2016 and US$730 million in the first nine months of this year, an increase of 25 percent compared to a year ago. Poland’s total investment in Vietnam during the 2014-2017 period doubled to US$189 million. However, both sides agreed that the results of trade and investment cooperation between the two countries have not met their potential.
President Andrzej Duda expressed his interest in areas with great cooperation potential such as tourism. He said he would work to increase the number of Polish tourists visiting Vietnam and open a direct air route between Hanoi and Warsaw.
Poland had chosen Vietnam as one of its top five potential countries with which to promote cooperation, he said, adding that the Polish government would urge the EU to sign and ratify the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement as soon as possible.
During the visit, he also attended the opening ceremony of the representative office of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency in Ho Chi Minh City. The representative office is expected to become a place of exchanging information between Polish and Vietnamese businesses. Vietnamese businesses can learn more about investment opportunities in Poland, while Polish businesses will know more about their trade partner.
For his part, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc proposed that Poland urge the EU to sign and ratify the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement for the benefit of both sides. He said he hoped the Polish president would create more favorable conditions for the Vietnamese community to live in Poland.
The two leaders welcomed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on environmental cooperation and agreed to promote cooperation in waste and wastewater treatment and green technology.