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Poland a priority partner in central eastern Europe

Released at: 10:08, 29/11/2017

Poland a priority partner in central eastern Europe

At the talks between Vietnamese and Polish Presidents in Hanoi on Nov. 28 (Photo: VNA)

Polish President paying State visit to Vietnam from November 27 to 30.

by Van Long

During their talks in Hanoi on November 28, State President Tran Dai Quang told Polish President Andrzej Duda that Vietnam values developing traditional friendly ties with countries in central eastern Europe, with Poland as a priority partner, the Vietnam News Agency reports.

The talks took place following a welcome ceremony on the same day.

President Duda, who is paying a State visit from November 27 to 30, affirmed that Poland wants to nurture mutually beneficial ties with Vietnam in diverse areas.

The two leaders expressed their appreciation of the considerable progress made in bilateral links across economy-trade-investment over the past years. Poland is now Vietnam’s largest trade partner in central eastern Europe while Vietnam is Poland’s seventh-largest trade partner outside of the EU. Two-way trade hit a record $790 million last year and $730 million in the first nine months of this year, up 25 per cent year-on-year.

Poland’s total investment in Vietnam doubled to $189 million from 2014 to 2017.

Poland will soon disburse an official development assistance package worth €250 million ($296 million) in Vietnam in line with a framework agreement on financial cooperation signed during the visit.

The two countries will actively realize a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on economic cooperation, firstly facilitating the inauguration of a representative office of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency in Ho Chi Minh City, thereby encouraging the two countries’ businesses to seek opportunities in fields of Poland’s strength and Vietnam’s demand, such as mining, food processing, pharmaceuticals, and environmental protection.

They underscored the importance of boosting national defense and security ties and pledged to share experience in UN peacekeeping missions and in overcoming the consequences of unexploded ordnance.

The host and guest both spoke highly of the signing of a tertiary education cooperation agreement increasing scholarships for the two countries’ students and graduates to 20 per year and a letter of intent on opening Polish language training courses between the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and Hanoi University.

They promised to restore the Vietnam-Poland Joint Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation mechanism and convene a meeting next year.

The two Presidents welcomed the signing of an MoU on environmental protection cooperation and consented to reinforcing joint work in the treatment of garbage and wastewater and green technology.

President Quang hailed Poland for adding Vietnam into its list of 14 priority agriculture export markets and the signing of an MoU on agriculture collaboration during the visit.

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