PM’s upcoming visit to cement Viet Nam-Czech ties
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dzung will pay an official visit to the Czech Republic from September 12-13 at the invitation of Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek.
During his stay in the central European country, PM Dzung will have a talk with his counterpart Mirek Topolanek and met with President Vaclav Klaus, President of the Senate Premysl Sobotka and Chamber of Deputies Chairman Miloslav Vlcek. He will also attend a business and investment promotion forum.
The visit takes place in the context of growing traditional relationship between the two countries, especially in economics. Two-way trade surged to over 130 million USD in 2006 from 67 million USD in 2001.
To boost economic and trade relations, the two countries have signed a series of agreements such as the Agreement on Double Taxation Avoidance, the Agreement on Investment Protection and Encouragement and the Air Transport Agreement.
The Czech Republic has to date poured 35 million USD into glass and crystal, beer, electric equipment and construction material projects in Viet Nam and provided 18 million USD in official development assistance (ODA). The country has also pledged to give Viet Nam 2.1 million USD in aid to boost health care and environmental projects in 2007.
Since 1999, the Czech Republic has granted 4-5 scholarships to Vietnamese students per year and the two sides are currently negotiating an agreement on education and training cooperation.
The 40,000-strong Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic have also played an important role in strengthening economic-trade relations between the two countries.
At international forums, the Czech Republic and Viet Nam have mutually supported their bids for non-permanent seats in the UN Security Council in the 2008-2009 term.-(VNA)
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