PM: Italy to boost ties with VN

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 10:12

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) recevies Italian Deputy Minister of Economic Development Ivan Scalfarotto in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat

Viet Nam and Italy should promote investment and cooperation in tourism and aviation, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at a meeting with Italian Deputy Minister of Economic Development Ivan Scalfarotto in Ha Noi on Tuesday.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister welcomed Deputy Minister Scalfarotto to join the fourth meeting of the mixed commission for economic cooperation between Viet Nam and Italy, and a delegation of 60 Italian enterprises to visit Viet Nam.

Phuc proposed the two countries promote economic and trade cooperation relations on this visit, contributing to increasing bilateral trade value and investment in the future.

Italy should enhance investment in Viet Nam and the two countries need to boost cooperation in tourism, to open direct flights between the two countries and enhance exchanges in areas of green technology, transport, infrastructure and machine manufacturing, he said.

The Prime Minister said the two countries should promote cooperation in implementing the 2017-18 action plan of the Strategic Partnership, continue strategic dialogues in the fields of diplomacy and defense, and organise activities celebrating the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Viet Nam and Italy.

He said as an important member of the European Union (EU), he expected that Italy would urge the EU to sign and ratify the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) soon.

Phuc asked the Deputy Minister to encourage and support Italian businesses investing in Viet Nam, especially in areas of strength and demand. They include mechanical manufacturing, textiles and garments, footwear and transport.

The Vietnamese Government would create favourable conditions for Italian businesses to invest successfully in Viet Nam, he said.

During the meeting, Scalfarotto said there were 130 representatives of 60 leading companies from Italy coming to Viet Nam to seek opportunities for cooperation and investment. He also expected that when the EVFTA is signed, it would help promote economic, trade and investment relations between the EU and Viet Nam, as well as between Italy and Viet Nam.

The deputy minister agreed that the two countries need to develop further bilateral cooperation in many fields based on the great potential of each country.

During this visit, Scalfarotto said the delegation would visit HCM City to open a textile and garment technology transfer centre, contributing to the promotion of cooperation between the two countries. — VNS

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