Deputy PM highlights huge potential for stronger Vietnam- Ivory Coast ties

VOV.VN - Vietnam and Ivory Coast boast great potential to foster collaboration, particularly in trade based on their sound political relations, said Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue at a recent working session with Vice President of Ivory Coast Daniel Kablan Duncan during his visit to Africa.

Deputy PM Hue told his guest that Vietnam wants to import more products of Ivory Coast’s strengths such as raw cashew and cotton in the time ahead.

Ivory Coast Vice President Duncan, for his part, said he was impressed by Vietnam’s socio-economic development in recent years, and briefed his host on his country’s achievements in national construction and development, which he described as a development model in Africa.

As the International Monetary Fund and the African Development suggested Ivory Coast study economic development models of several countries in the region, including Vietnam, Duncan voiced his hope to augment cooperation with the Southeast Asian nation in the fields of rice cultivation, improving quality of doctors and nurses, education and training, and IT development serving e-government building, among others.

Agricultural processing is the major source of income for Ivory Coast, so the country wishes to beef up cooperation with Vietnam in this regard, he added.

During the meeting, both sides also underlined the importance of setting up a legal framework for cooperative activities and pledged to speed up negotiations and signing of agreements on  investment encouragement and protection and double taxation avoidance in order to facilitate trade exchanges between enterprises.