08:53 | 07/12/2015 Cooperation
Vietnam and Slovakia have treasured their traditional friendship and multi-faceted cooperation, their leaders said during Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai’s official visit to Slovakia from December 3 to 5.
Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai (L) and his counterpart Lubomir Vazny (Source: VNA)
The Vietnamese official met with the host country’s Prime Minister Robert Fico and Vice President of the Parliament Jana Lassakova, and held talks with his counterpart Lubomir Vazny.
The Slovak leaders asserted they have valued their friendship, solidarity and co-operation with the Vietnamese people over the past 65 years, saying these are valuable assets that need to be preserved and developed. They affirmed that Slovakia has paid heed to cementing its traditional friendship and multi-dimensional co-operation with Vietnam.
Deputy PMs Hoang Trung Hai and Lubomir Vazny witnessed the signing of a co-operation document between the Vietnamese Ministry of Construction and the Slovak Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development; a new cooperation agreement between the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology and the Slovak Ministry of Education, Scientific Research and Sports; and a tourism co-operation plan between the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Slovak Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development.
On December 4, a Vietnam-Slovakia economic co-operation forum took place, bringing together 100 representatives of ministries, sectors, localities and businesses.
Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai reaffirmed that the Vietnamese Government stands ready to support Slovak businesses wishing to invest in Vietnam.
He suggested similar events be hosted in the near future to help business circles establish partnerships.
Meanwhile, Deputy PM Lubomir Vazny stressed that economic and trade co-operation will continue to be a focus in bilateral ties.
Trade between Vietnam and Slovakia hit over US$1.2 billion and Slovakia is currently the biggest Central East-European investor in Vietnam.
In 2016, the two countries will organise the second session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Economic Co-operation in Bratislava.
Ministries, sectors and locality representatives shared information regarding co-operation potential and opportunities.
On the same day, Deputy PM Hai met with the Vietnamese community and the staff of the Vietnamese Embassy./.