Vietnam highly values partnership with Spain: official

08:38 | 29/09/2019 Cooperation

The Vietnamese Party and State attach great importance to the strategic partnership with Spain, especially in economy, trade and investment, Politburo member and Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Van Binh has said.

A general view of the CPV delegation's working session at the the Elcano Royal Institute - Photo: VNA

During his working trip to Spain on September 23-24, Binh, also head of the CPV Central Committee’s Economic Commission, had working sessions with Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism Maria Reyes Maroto Illera and Secretary General of the Treasury and Financial Policy under the Ministry of Economy and Business Affairs Carlos San Basilio Pardo.

He thanked Spain for supporting the signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement, and asked the Spanish government and parliament to back the ratification of the two deals at the European Parliament.

The official expressed his belief that after ratification, the two agreements will make it easier for Vietnam and Spain to boost cooperation, increasing Spain’s investment in Vietnam in infrastructure, renewable energy, tourism, and sewage treatment.

The Spanish side said Vietnam is an important and reliable partner of Spain and pledged to create favourable conditions and provide financial support for Spanish major groups and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to invest in Vietnam...

Speaking at the Vietnam-Spain business forum with the participation of more than 50 Spanish businesses operating or interested in investment in Vietnam, Binh introduced Vietnam’s potential with political stability, strong market and status as a gateway to many major global markets.

While meeting with Secretary-General of the Spanish Communist Party Enrique Santiago Romero and representative from the United Left (IU), Binh said the Vietnamese Party, State and people always remember the valuable support of the Spanish Communist Party in the cause of national liberation and building and defence.

He hoped to further boost relations with the Spanish Communist Party and IU, and asked the Spanish Communist Party to push the European Parliament to ratify the two agreements for the benefits of the two countries’ workers.