VN companies continue their success in Belarus

President Nguyen Minh Triet and Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus, Andrei V.Kobyakov, witness the signing of a trade agreement between the two countries.- VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

MINSK - Vietnamese businesses are doing well in Belarus, according to President Nguyen Minh Triet who has been on an official visit to the East European nation.

At present, the Viet Nam Coal and Mineral Corporation or VINACOMIN, the Viet Nam Agriculture Machinery corporation and many other businesses have a successful involvement in Belarus.

Triet said he hoped Belarus would help Viet Nam develop its banking and finance sector as well as heavy industry, including the manufacture of heavy trucks, tractors and mining machines.

At a meeting in Minsk, he told Belarus Prime Minister Sergy Sidorskiy that Viet Nam was grateful for the great support given by Belarus during her struggle for national independence and construction.

"And we have supported Belarussian efforts to stabilise and develop the country in recent years, particularly in successfully overcoming negative impacts from the global economic downturn," said Triet.

"The exchange of visits between senior leaders of the two countries and the co-operation between ministries and sectors of Viet Nam and Belarus will contribute to tightening the bonds between the two nations," said Triet.

He asked Prime Minister Sidorskiy to accelerate the signing of the free-trade agreement between the two countries to enable them to expand their economies.

The Belarus Prime Minister promised to turn agreements signed between the two countries into reality.

Business bridges

Viet Nam hopes to enter the European market through Belarus and is willing to be the bridge for Belarus to enter the Southeast Asian market, President Nguyen Minh Triet has said.

In a meeting yesterday with Chairman of the Council of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Boris Batura, Triet asked the Belarusian government to actively help deepen co-operation between the two countries by supporting the necessary legal documents, supervising the implementation of signed agreements and boosting co-operation at local levels.

Batura shared Triet's opinion and said the Belarusian National Assembly always supported activities to improve co-operation between the two countries.

At a meeting of the Viet Nam-Belarus Business Forum, Triet said the Vietnamese Government would provide the best possible advantages for businesses by reviewing and amending all administrative procedures to create a clear investment environment.

Belarus Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov said two-way annual turnover between the two countries had yet to meet their potential. Both nations should therefore focus more on boosting bilateral trade, he said.

Kobyakov said Belarus would increase its exports of key products such as steel, pharmaceuticals and high-tech equipment, and boost co-operation in new areas such as mineral exploration and exploitation.

Belarus also welcomed garments and textiles, and seafood products from Viet Nam, he said.

During his visit, Triet laid a wreath at the Victory Monument and visited the National Library. - VNS


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