Vietnam, Mozambique discuss promoting agricultural ties

NDO/ VNA – Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh held a working session, in Hanoi on August 2, with Vice Minister for Agriculture and Food Security of Mozambique Luisa Caetano Meque, in order to discuss promoting agricultural ties. Doanh said that Vietnam is willing to share experience with Mozambique in rice and soybean production and has partnered with several African countries to successfully develop agriculture. He also suggested that the two countries seek funding from third parties for their projects. Meque, for her part, spoke highly of the joint projects on growing agricultural plants in Mozambique, saying that Vietnamese rice varieties grown in the African country have generated yields beyond expectations. Mozambique wants to work with scientists in studying short-season varieties of rice that are resistant to drought, pests and salinity and partner with Vietnam in building a cashew nut processing plant, using Vietnamese technology, in the African country, she said. She added that Mozambique has a robust cotton cultivation industry with a total capacity of 80,000 tonnes per year and invited Vietnamese fibre plants to get involved. The guest said that Mozambique will also cooperate with Vietnam in the fisheries sector in the near future. According to Meque, agriculture is one of the four important areas for development set by the Mozambican government. She expressed her wish that more Vietnamese firms will invest in agriculture in the country.... [read more]

NDO/ VNA – Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh held a working session, in Hanoi on August 2, with Vice Minister for Agriculture and Food Security of Mozambique Luisa Caetano Meque, in order to discuss promoting agricultural ties. Doanh said that Vietnam is willing to share experience with Mozambique in rice and soybean production and has partnered with several African countries to successfully develop agriculture. He also suggested that the two countries seek funding from third parties for their projects. Meque, for her part, spoke highly of the joint projects on growing agricultural plants in Mozambique, saying that Vietnamese rice varieties grown in the African country have generated yields beyond expectations. Mozambique wants to work with scientists in studying short-season varieties of rice that are resistant to drought, pests and salinity and partner with Vietnam in building a cashew nut processing plant, using Vietnamese technology, in the African country, she said. She added that Mozambique has a robust cotton cultivation industry with a total capacity of 80,000 tonnes per year and invited Vietnamese fibre plants to get involved. The guest said that Mozambique will also cooperate with Vietnam in the fisheries sector in the near future. According to Meque, agriculture is one of the four important areas for development set by the Mozambican government. She expressed her wish that more Vietnamese firms will invest in agriculture in the country.... [read more]

Bolivia, Vietnam cooperate in gas Speaking at the September 25 talks in Hanoi with Alvaro Garcia Linera, Vice President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Doan asked the South American nation to recognize Vietnam’s market economy. She highly valued Linera’s visit, describing it as a milestone which will provide fresh impetus for the relationship between the two nations. She thanked the Bolivian State and people for their assistance to Vietnam during its past struggle for national independence and its present process of national construction. Doan reaffirmed Vietnam’s policy of developing its relationship with Bolivia in the interest of both peoples and for the sake of peace, stability, cooperation and development in the two regions and the world. She said the historical similarities and efforts to increase their role in regional and international forums provide a firm foundation for both sides to strengthen multifaceted cooperation. Vice President Linera expressed his admiration for the Vietnamese people’s unyielding will during their struggle for national independence and spoke highly of the country's international role as well as its achievements in national development and construction. He said Bolivia is eager to strengthen trade, investment, and agricultural ties with Vietnam and work closely together in international forums. Linera also said he hopes Vietnam will share its development experiences, especially in poverty reduction. Doan and her counterpart also discussed ways to boost cooperation in the future through the exchange of delegations across all sectors, as well as by implementing signed agreements and establishing interdisciplinary agencies to promote…... [read more]

Dublin, November 4 (VNA) – The upcoming State visit to Vietnam by Irish President Michael D. Higgins shows that Ireland prioritises cooperation with the Southeast Asian nation, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charles Flanagan said. Flanagan made the remark during an interview with Vietnam News Agency ahead of the State visit, the first to Vietnam by President Higgins, from November 5-14. The two countries have made strides in cooperation since their diplomatic relationship was set up on April 5, 1996. They have regularly exchanged high-ranking delegations and coordinated at international forums. Bilateral trade reached 402 million USD in 2015, up 28 percent from the previous year. It hit 798 million USD in the first nine months of 2016, rising three-fold from same period last year, including 82 million USD of Vietnamese exports. Vietnam mainly ships timber and wood products, footwear and garments to Ireland while importing medicine materials, computers and electronic components. Ireland currently has 17 investment projects a combined capital of 20.7 million USD in Vietnam, ranking 67 th among 115 countries and territories investing here. Vietnam is the only Asian nation among nine countries Ireland prioritises providing development assistance to. Ireland gave 150 million USD in non-refundable aid to Vietnam between 2007 and 2016, focusing on poverty reduction, support for vulnerable groups, and improving economic management. In November 2011, Ireland announced a national strategy for the two countries’ development cooperation for 2011-2015 period that aimed to assist the realisation of the Vietnamese Government’s socio-economic development plan for…... [read more]

Dublin (VNA) – The upcoming State visit to Vietnam by Irish President Michael D. Higgins shows that Ireland prioritises cooperation with the Southeast Asian nation, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charles Flanagan said. Flanagan made the remark during an interview with Vietnam News Agency ahead of the State visit, the first to Vietnam by President Higgins, from November 5-14. The two countries have made strides in cooperation since their diplomatic relationship was set up on April 5, 1996. They have regularly exchanged high-ranking delegations and coordinated at international forums. Bilateral trade reached 402 million USD in 2015, up 28 percent from the previous year. It hit 798 million USD in the first nine months of 2016, rising three-fold from same period last year, including 82 million USD of Vietnamese exports. Vietnam mainly ships timber and wood products, footwear and garments to Ireland while importing medicine materials, computers and electronic components. Ireland currently has 17 investment projects a combined capital of 20.7 million USD in Vietnam, ranking 67 th among 115 countries and territories investing here. Vietnam is the only Asian nation among nine countries Ireland prioritises providing development assistance to. Ireland gave 150 million USD in non-refundable aid to Vietnam between 2007 and 2016, focusing on poverty reduction, support for vulnerable groups, and improving economic management. In November 2011, Ireland announced a national strategy for the two countries’ development cooperation for 2011-2015 period that aimed to assist the realisation of the Vietnamese Government’s socio-economic development plan for the five…... [read more]

Belgian and Vietnamese universities join forces By Tuong Vi - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – A delegation of vice-chancellors from ten Belgium-based universities visited Vietnam last week to look for education and research cooperation opportunities and as a result signed a number of memorandums of understanding with Vietnamese universities. They worked with local universities in Hanoi, Hue, HCMC and Can Tho. Hanoi University of Agriculture tied up a deal with the University of Liège and University of Brussels. Hanoi-based University of Civil Engineering joined with University of Liège. Hanoi University cooperated with University of Brussels, Catholic University of Louvain and University of Liège. Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine twinned with the University of Brussels, Catholic University of Louvain and University of Liège. The collaborations will create opportunities for more students and lecturers to go on exchange programs, and for more partnerships through a facilitated access to scientific and thematic networks. It also gives both parties a mutual interest in improving education, research and services to society. Nguyen Anh Tuan, director of Can Tho University, said, “Belgium has collaborated with our school for nearly 20 years and we have sent our staff to study in Belgium and obtain master and doctorate degrees there.” Director Ho Thanh Phong of International University, a member of the Vietnam National University in HCMC (VNU-HCMC), told the Daily, “VNU-HCMC and the Belgian delegation were looking for future cooperation on some fields as student and lecturers exchange, research cooperation, university network establishment and joint training…... [read more]

Vietnam, Belgium have chances for agricultural tie-up By Son Nghia - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Vietnam and Belgium have many favorable conditions to cooperate in agricultural development, creating added value for farm produce and offering more sustainable environmental protection, speakers said at a seminar on Thursday. Jean-Clause Marcourt, Vice-President and Minister for the Economy, SMEs, Foreign Trade and New Technologies of the Walloon government, said each region of Belgium and Vietnam has different features, but the two countries have certain advantages to support each other in agricultural development. With high levels of science and technology, Belgium will provide enterprises with multiple solutions from products to technology, appropriate with each region of Vietnam, he said at the seminar on agro-aquaculture technologies on Thursday in HCMC on the occasion of the visit of the Belgian mission to Vietnam.. Specifically, Bruno Gobin, director of the Research Center for Ornamental Plants in Destelbergen, Belgium, said Belgium’s Flanders and Vietnam’s Lam Dong Province could join hands to develop flowers and vegetables. He demonstrated Lam Dong has similar soil conditions and weather patterns to Flanders but local enterprises and farmers still apply outdated cultivation technology, leading to low productivity. If cooperating with Flanders, Lam Dong’s enterprises will be supported with new technology to protect crops against pest and overcome unfavorable weather conditions to produce high-quality farm produce for export to Europe, he said. Belgium has limited land and high production costs, so the bilateral cooperation will offer good products to the domestic market and…... [read more]

Vietnamese businesses in Europe meet in Hungary The 10th Conference of Vietnamese Businessmen in Europe is taking place in Budapest, Hungary from September 16-18 with the focus on the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA). The highlight of the conference is a seminar on opportunities and challenges brought by the EVFTA on September 17. Ambassador-head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam Bruno Angelet was scheduled to deliver a speech on this issue. The conference is the biggest event of the Vietnamese entrepreneur community in Europe. Held annually since 2006, it has brought together leading Vietnamese enterprises operating in Europe. This year's event saw the first-time presence of the European Vietnamese Youth Business Alliance. Hanoians snapping up Da Nang property Savills Vietnam said that Hanoians were attracted by a variety of factors, including completed infrastructure, bright tourism prospects, sales policies and a young, dynamic and green city. Da Nang pioneered in luxury coastal homes and was second to Nha Trang in total stock with 1,199 villas and 3,367 apartments. A large future supply and apartments and coastal villas are expected in the central city, according to Salvills Vietnam. The company said that second homes are becoming commonplace in Vietnam. Thai Nguyen's strengths introduced to US enterprises The northern province of Thai Nguyen introduced its strengths and potential to US enterprises at a seminar held by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New York on September 16. Speaking at the event, permanent Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Nhu Van…... [read more]

Binh Phuoc (VNA) – The southern province of Binh Phuoc will continue offering technical assistance to the Lao province of Champasak in growing cashew and pepper trees between now and 2021. During a working session with Vice Secretary of the Party Committee and Vice Governor of Champasak province in Binh Phuoc on September 15, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Huynh Anh Minh said both sides will continue updating businesses about market information, respective cross-border trade promotion policies, as well as facilitating the trading of materials for processing. Bouttivong, for his part, said both sides have scored positive achievements since the signing of a cooperation agreement in June 2011. Binh Phuoc has offered nearly 160,000 cashew trees, one tonne of cashew nuts, and 10,000 pepper trees to Champasak province for breeding, as well as sent experts to the locality to help with farming techniques. In the near future, both sides will launch a tourism route connecting Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia via National Highway 13 and linking with Thailand’s northeastern provinces via Hoa Lu international border gate.-VNA... [read more]

Cambodian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon has urged Belarus to increase its investment in Cambodia, particularly in automobiles and farm produce for export, according to the Cambodia Daily on April 28. During a meeting between Cambodian Minister Sakhon and Belarusian Deputy Minister of Industry Gennady B.Svidersky on April 26, Cambodia spoke highly of two-way trade over the past, including effective bilateral agricultural ties, as evidenced by Belarus facilitating the import of farm produce and rubber from Cambodia. Sakhon asked for enhancing links between Cambodian and Belarusian farming and industry sectors, partly by opening a plant to manufacture automobiles and farm produce processing machinery in Cambodia. The Belarusian side expressed a wish to boost the export of trucks to Cambodia in the nearest timeframe. Source: VNA... [read more]




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