VOV.VN - Governor General Mary Simon expressed Canada’s wish to bolster all-round cooperation with Vietnam during her May 25 reception for outgoing Vietnamese Ambassador to Canada Pham Cao Phong.
Simon noted with satisfaction the positive development of relations between Canada and Vietnam over the years, saying bilateral trade and economic relations have been developing well despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Economic cooperation will continue to play an important role in bilateral relations, along with enhanced cooperation in other fields, she said.
Vietnam and Canada have enjoyed friendly and productive relations for the past five decades. Last year saw two-way trade turnover between the two countries reach more than US$10 billion, and Vietnam became Canada’s largest trading partner among ASEAN countries.
Ambassador Pham Cao Phong for his part recalled the results of recent meetings between leaders of the two countries, including those between Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying these meetings are decisive factors for the strong development of bilateral relations.
He expressed his hope that comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Canada would further be developed in the coming time, and that Canadian businesses would continue to increase investment in Vietnam.
Vietnam and Canada are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations this year, with a series of events to be held throughout the year. Next month, the Canada-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to host an event on the use of artificial intelligence in business activities.