|Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) and Vice Chairman of the Czech Parliament’s Chamber of Deputies Vojtěch Filip.
The Vietnamese top legislator spoke highly of the outcomes of the talks between NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong and Vojtěch Filip while showing her elation at the sound friendship and traditional cooperation between the two nations, which have been treasured by generations of leaders and peoples.
Ngan suggested launching a host of political, cultural and people-to-people exchange activities. towards the 70th
anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2020 as well as further collaboration in the areas of defence-security, education-training, energy, environmental protection, science-technology, healthcare and agriculture.
Regarding economic and trade ties, she said despite positive growth in bilateral trade in recent years, with the value in 2018 soaring 16% year on year to US$307 million, it is still far from matching both nations’ potential and expectations.
The NA leader was also appreciative of the Czech Republic’s support for the Vietnam-EU relations, the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement, and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement.
Ngan highlighted parliamentary cooperation with regular exchange of delegations, experience sharing, and coordination at various multilateral parliamentary forums.
She welcomed the Czech Republic’s move to re-grant long-term visas for Vietnamese nationals for the purposes of employment or business in the European country since June 2019, and wishes that both sides will negotiate and sign agreements to improve labour export cooperation.
In reply, Vojtěch Filip, affirmed that his nation always believes in Vietnam’s support at international forums and in the Southeast Asia, while the country consistently backs Vietnam within the framework of the European Union as well as at international forums, including the United Nations.
The Czech Republic desires to open Hanoi-Prague flight route, and work with Vietnam on tourism, the environment, automobile production, healthcare and social welfare, he said, while applauding the coordination between relevant agencies in the fight against drug.
He wished that the Vietnamese NA will continue to offer more conditions for relevant authorities to bolster cooperation towards boosting ties between legislative bodies.
He also praised the Vietnamese people community in the Czech Republic for their remarkable contributions to strengthening the traditional friendship and all-around cooperation between the two countries.