VOV.VN - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Zbigniew Rau is scheduled to visit Vietnam on March 16-17 at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Bui Thanh Son, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam.
The visit takes place at a time when the traditional friendship and cooperative relations between the two countries are developing positively. The Polish leaders affirm Vietnam is one of Poland’s priority partners in Asia and the Pacific.
Poland is Vietnam’s No. 1 trade partner in East-Central Europe, while the latter is the former’s seventh largest trade partner outside the European Union.
Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic and trade cooperation between the two countries has yielded encouraging results, with two-way trade last year hitting US$2.57 billion.
Poland was one of the first EU member states that provided assistance for Vietnam to combat COVID-19. It donated nearly 1.4 million doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccine and nearly 8 tonnes of medical supplies worth approximately US$4 million to Vietnam.
Agriculture is a key pillar in bilateral economic cooperation, with the export turnover of farm produce generating US$165.4 million at present.
Education-training is the traditional cooperation field between the two countries. Poland used to train more than 4,000 Vietnamese officials and approximately 3,500 workers. Currently, it annually provides 20 scholarships for Vietnamese students, and it pledges to increase the number in the coming time.
There are approximately 30,000 Vietnamese expatriates in Poland who turn their hearts to the fatherland and significantly contribute to their host country.