Sunday, September 16, 2007

Vietnam, Poland eye $500 mln bilateral trade in next two years

The Polish and Vietnamese governments have pledged to beef up economic cooperation to raise bilateral trade to US$500 million over the next 2-3 years.

Reaching the goal would mean a $200 million jump from trade in 2006.

The commitment was made during the talk between Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung, following an official welcome for the Vietnamese cabinet leader in Warsaw on Friday.

The two PMs agreed to expand cooperation in shipbuilding, energy, food processing and education and training.

They also discussed ways to boost multifaceted cooperation and speed up the implementation of already signed agreements in culture, science, technology, justice, investment and taxation.

They exchanged views on international and regional issues of mutual concern, including human rights-related matters.

Both also affirmed mutual support for each other’s bids for non-permanent seats in the United Nations Security Council, which Vietnam aims to obtain for the 2008-2009 term and Poland looks to take for the 2010-2011 term.

Also on Friday, PM Dung attended the Vietnam-Poland trade and investment promotion forum, where he called on Polish and Vietnamese businesses to promote cooperation in investment, trade and tourism, saying their effective cooperation will help boost the two countries’ fine relations.

Dung said that tens of thousands of Vietnamese nationals residing in Poland and those who studied in Poland and now are working in Vietnam will serve as a bridge between the two business circles.

At the forum, the Vietnamese PM witnessed the signing of a contract under which Poland will provide a US$300 million preferential credit to the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group (VINASHIN) to develop the shipbuilding industry in Vietnam.

The same day, Dung met with Lower House speaker Ludwik Dorn and Senate speaker Bogdan Borusewicz, who praised Vietnam’s Doi Moi (Renewal) process and its external policies as well as the tremendous achievements in recent times.

They spoke highly of the results of talks between Dung and his Polish counterpart Jaroslaw Kaczynski and said directions and measures adopted by the two PMs will lay a firm foundation for Vietnam and Poland to promote their friendship and cooperation for mutual benefit.

Dung also visited a trade center established by the Vietnamese community in Warsaw and talked to representatives of the community there.