Vietnam keen on boosting partnership with Bangladesh: PM

15:20 | 04/11/2017 Cooperation

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosted a reception on October 31 for new Bangladeshi Ambassador to Vietnam Samina Naz, during which he affirmed that Vietnam always pays great attention to developing partnership with the South Asian country.

Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) welcomes new Bangladeshi Ambassador to Vietnam Samina Naz - Photo: VNA

The PM noted that the two countries have given each other sound sentiments and mutual support during their past struggle for independence as well as current national construction and development.

He expressed pleasure at the growing bilateral ties over the past 44 years, while congratulating Bangladeshi people on their achievements in socio-economic development, poverty reduction and living condition improvements.

The PM noted that Vietnam and Bangladesh are enjoying fruitful economic cooperation, with trade reaching 609 million USD in 2016 from only 93 million in 2009, and expressed hope that Bangladesh will import more Vietnamese goods, including farm produce, aquatic products, consumer goods, and materials.

The two sides hold high potential of partnering in infrastructure, telecommunications, and fish farming, he asserted, adding that Vietnam is improving its investment environment to attract more investors, including those from Bangladesh.

He also said he believes that the new ambassador will have new ideas to further boost all-round collaboration between the two countries.

For her part, Ambassador Naz affirmed that the Government and people of Bangladesh always support Vietnam in its national defence, construction and development.

Bangladesh considers Vietnam as an example of socio-economic development, she said, adding that her country hopes to welcome more Vietnamese investors, especially in traditional areas and telecommunications.

Theo VNA