Vietnam looks to foster cooperation with Bulgaria

09:04 | 02/05/2018 Cooperation

National Assembly (NA) Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu has suggested that Bulgaria promotes its cooperation with Vietnam in the fields of its strength such as agriculture, processing industry and food production.

The meeting between NA Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu and Speaker of Bulgaria's NA Tsveta Karayancheva - Photo:VNA

The Vietnamese legislator made the suggestion at a meeting with the Speaker of Bulgaria's National Assembly Tsveta Karayancheva on April 26, on the occasion of Luu’s on-going working visit to Bulgaria to further enhance the relations between the two countries and their legislative bodies.

NA Vice Chairman Luu expressed his joy at the increasing development of the Vietnam-Bulgaria relationship in recent years, saying that the two countries can learn from each other’s experience in tuning legal documents and the judiciary, building the rule-of-law State and anti-corruption law.

He expressed his hope that as the rotating presidency of the European Union (EU), the Bulgarian NA will soon ratify the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and further promote the implementation of the cooperation agreements signed by the two countries, especially the organization of the 4th meeting of the Vietnam-Bulgaria Intergovernmental Committee.

Karayancheva, for her part, agreed with Luu’s opinion, saying that through meetings, the two sides need to find solutions to the difficulties in their trade, investment and education cooperation.

On the same day, the NA Vice Chairman had a meeting with Bulgarian Vice President Iliana Yotova, during which Luu said that he hopes his visit will contribute to further pushing the multifaceted relationship between the two nations, especially between their legislatures.

Yotova stressed that the two sides should discuss long-term plans on investment and trade cooperation, and work closely to organize business forums, towards facilitating their firms, especially small and-medium-sized enterprises to seek and set up partnerships.

Earlier the same day, the Vietnamese official met with Ddannail Kirilov, Chairman of the Justice Committee of the Bulgarian National Assembly. The two sides debated the amendment of the penal code and laws related to combating corruption.

As scheduled, NA Vice Chairman Luu left Bulgaria on April 29, and visited Macedonia from April 30-May 1 and arrives in Romania from May 2-5.