Vietnam, Sri Lanka to facilitate bilateral business activities

National Day celebrate in Thailand Addressing the ceremony, Vietnamese ambassador to Sri Lanka, Ton Sinh Thanh, highlighted the historic significance of September 2, 1945 and reviewed Vietnam’s significant achievements in economics, poverty reduction and international integration since the country gained independence and became reunified. Ambassador Thanh praised the positive development of Vietnam-Sri Lanka relations over the years while expressing the hope that the recent reopening of Vietnam’s representative office in Colombo will contribute to the traditional friendship between the two countries. On the occasion, the Vietnamese embassy coordinated with the Ceylon Continental Hotel in Colombo to organise a Vietnamese food festival to introduce the country’s fascinating cuisine to people in Sri Lanka. Features about Vietnam were also published in Sri Lankan newspapers, aiming to introduce Vietnam and its people as well as its socio-economic achievements. They also promoted the country’s culture and tourism potential and effective cooperation between Vietnam and Sri Lanka.... [read more]

Sri Lanka hopes to strengthen ties with Vietnam President Sang begins visit to Sri Lanka The two sides reached the consensus during talks between Vietnamese State President Truong Tan Sang and his Sri Lankan counterpart, Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo on October 14 during a three-day State-level visit to Sri Lanka. Mr Sang said that Vietnam and Sri Lanka have always supported each other in the struggles for national independence in the past as well as in the current national development. He expressed his belief that his visit will help further strengthen the friendship and cooperation between the two nations. President Mahinda Rajapaksa informed his guest of the country’s situation, saying that after a 30-year civil war, Sri Lanka has attained peace and political stability as well as completed its national reconciliation process. Sri Lanka has set a target of becoming a middle-income country and a maritime and aviation centre linking the Middle East and Asia, he said. The two leaders expressed their joy at rapid developments of bilateral relations since the two countries set up diplomatic ties in 1970. They agreed that the reopening of the Vietnamese Embassy in Sri Lanka in April 2011 and the signing of eight cooperative agreements between the two sides’ ministries and agencies during this visit are vivid manifestations of an aspiration to further strengthen bilateral ties. The two sides expressed determination to promote existing potential for cooperation in all fields towards the building of a comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and Sri Lanka. The leaders…... [read more]

President lauds Vietnam-Sri Lanka relations The Sinhalaya News Agency and major newspapers such as Colombo Times, New.lk and LBO.lk all stressed that Mr’s Sang’s Sri Lanka visit, the first one made by a Vietnamese State President since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1970, will mark a milestone in bilateral relations and pave the way for the two countries to promote economic cooperation in the future. According to the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry, during the visit, the two sides are expected to sign a number of agreements and memoranda of understanding on cooperation in politics, national defence, investment, finance, education, training and mechanical engineering.... [read more]

President lauds Vietnam-Sri Lanka relations President Rajapaksa made the statement during talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Truong Tan Sang, who is currently making an official visit to the country. Rajapaksa expressed his strong impressions of Vietnam’s rapid development during his visit to the country two years ago. He said he believes that Vietnam will gain greater achievements in its national construction and improve its status in the regional and international arenas. For his part, President Sang congratulated Sri Lanka on its stability and affirmed Vietnam’s consistent policy of enhancing ties with the South Asian country. Vietnam is willing to share experiences in the process of national reconstruction in the post war period, Mr Sang said. Both Presidents reached a consensus to strengthen cooperation in oil and gas, agriculture, aquaculture, telecommunications, mechanics, security and national defence. They also agreed to foster ties at regional and international forums such as the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement, and the South-South Cooperation. Also at the meeting, the two state leaders witnessed the signing of eight cooperation documents including memoranda of understanding on mechanical manufacture, national defence cooperation, financial cooperation, bilateral political consultations between the two foreign ministries, bilateral investment encouragement, education, oil and gas, and a contract between the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group and its Sri Lankan counterparts.... [read more]

In an interview granted to Sri Lanka’s Daily Financial Time on October 13, Mr Sang noted that both Vietnam and Sri Lanka have developed relations of traditional friendship and all-round cooperation for many years. The Vietnamese people bear in mind Sri Lanka’s support in their past struggle for national independence and the present cause of national construction and development, said Mr Sang The President expressed hope that his current visit will contribute to promoting mutual trust and understanding, and expanding cooperation in various areas, especially in economics, trade and investment. He said the visit will also offer a chance for Vietnamese and Sri Lankan leaders to share experience in national development, exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual concern, and discuss measures to increase coordination in regional and international forums for peace, stability and common development. Mr Sang noted that the friendly and cooperative relations between Vietnam and Sri Lanka have developed well in recent times. Politically, both countries have increased contact at all levels, while supporting and working closely with each other in international forums such as the United Nations, and Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). Bilateral economic ties have grown and flourished with two-way trade increasing from US$30.1 million in 2000 to more than US$93 million in 2010. However, he said the results have not yet matched the two countries’ political relations and potential. The President proposed that at the upcoming third session of the Vietnam-Sri Lanka Joint Commission to be held in Vietnam, both sides discuss specific…... [read more]

President Sang lauds Vietnam-Sri Lanka relations Sri Lankan press highlights President’s visit The President stressed that the opening of the embassy shows the good relations between Vietnam and Sri Lanka and their determination to boost bilateral cooperation at regional and international forums. He also praised the efforts of the embassy staff and hoped that they will fulfill the tasks assigned by the Vietnamese Party and State. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Dissanayake Jayaratne affirmed that Sri Lanka is a traditional friend of Vietnam and his government and people welcomed Vietnam's decision to reopen its embassy this year. Mr. Sang congratulated the Sri Lankan government on their remarkable achievements in recovering national stability, security, and consolidation to reconstruct the country and achieve a high GDP growth rate of 8 percent in 2010. He confirmed that Vietnam values its ties with South Asian countries, including Sri Lanka. President Sang thanked Sri Lanka for granting five full scholarships and 100 half- scholarships to Vietnamese students studying English in the country and urged the two countries to strengthen exchanges of delegations and establish new mechanisms for cooperation in specific sectors. The two leaders agreed to raise two-way trade turnover to US$1 billion in the coming years. The Sri Lankan PM stressed that he will work closely with the Vietnamese Government, ministries and departments to implement the decisions reached at the Vietnam-Sri Lanka Joint Commission’s second meeting and other agreements on economy, security and defense. In the afternoon of the same day, President Sang left Colombo…... [read more]

(R) and Sri Lankan Minister Rishad Bathiudeen (Photo: VNA) Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has said he hopes that Vietnam - Sri Lanka relations will further develop in a result-oriented manner for the two peoples' interests. At a reception for Sri Lankan Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen in Hanoi on August 21, Minh reiterated that Vietnam always treasures the traditional friendship and multi-faceted cooperation with Sri Lanka. Minister Bathiudeen also affirmed his country's willingness to push up its amity and partnership with Vietnam. At the meeting, the two sides also touched upon measures to foster bilateral collaboration, including increasing visits at all levels; utilising bilateral cooperation mechanisms such as the Inter-governmental Committee; promoting cooperation in spheres of their strength, like agriculture, tea production, and textile and garments; and continuing to work closely at regional and international forums. Deputy PM and FM Minh applauded outcomes of the talks between Minister Bathiudeen and his Vietnamese counterpart Vu Huy Hoang, during which they agreed to soon establish a trade inter-subcommittee to realise a trade value of 1 billion USD. He expressed hope that Sri Lanka will facilitate Vietnamese businesses' investment in oil and gas, and aquaculture.-VNA... [read more]

The Vietnamese community in Sri Lanka has held its first congress and elected a liaison committee to enhance connection and mutual help among the community. Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ton Sinh Thanh spoke highly of the activities of the Vietnamese community in the country, especially since Vietnam re-opened its embassy in Colombo in April 2011. According to Thanh, Vietnam - Sri Lanka relations have seen developments in 2012, especially in economics with two-way trade reaching nearly 150 million USD, a year-on-year increase of 40 percent. He said the congress is an important landmark of the community's growth and will help promote activities for the homeland and strengthen the traditional friendship between the two countries. Source: VNA/Photo: VNS... [read more]

Vietnamese community in Sri Lanka holds first congress The Vietnamese community in Sri Lanka has held its first congress and elected a liaison committee to enhance mutual assistance among the community. Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ton Sinh Thanh spoke highly of the Vietnamese community's contributions to the country, especially since Vietnam re-opened its embassy in Colombo in April 2011. According to Thanh, Vietnam - Sri Lanka relations have grown well, especially in economics with two-way trade reaching nearly US$150 million, a year-on-year increase of 40 percent. He said the congress is an important event that will help promote and strengthen the traditional friendship between the two countries. More than 1,000 expired cosmetic products seized The Ha Noi Market Watch yesterday, Dec 24, seized more than 1,000 beauty products which had passed their expiry date in 2008. All products were being stored at the Trade Service And Transport J.S.C, based at 20 Mac Thi Buoi in Hai Ba Trung District's Vinh Tuy Ward. These products included boxes of face cream, nail polish, shampoo, hair dye and glue from brands including Top Brass, Revlon and Flex. Inspectors also searched a connected warehouse and discovered many other containers of cosmetics without sufficient legal documentation and proof of origin. Nguyen Thu Oanh, director of the Thanh Bac Fashion Limited Company, based at 342 Nghi Tam in Tay Ho District's Quang An, said that her business owned the cosmetics and had rented the warehouse to store them since 2008. She said…... [read more]

The Vietnamese Embassy in Sri Lanka has attended the 6 th National Development Exhibition that took place from Feb. 4-10 in northern central Anuradhapura city as part of activities to mark the country’s the National Day (Feb. 4). This is the first time Vietnam has taken part in the exhibition since its embassy opened in the country in April 2011. At the seven-day exhibition, Vietnam’s show-case including images of the country and people, fine arts articles, publications of Vietnamese culture, tourism as well as of Vietnam- Sri Lanka relations, has drawn the attention of visitors. Organised in turn among Sri Lanka’s localities, the annual exhibition, the biggest of its kind, draws the participation of businesses from many countries such as India, Russia, the US, Japan and Malaysia. Earlier on Feb. 4, a meeting and parade as well as a music show were held in Anuradhapura . Addressing the ceremony, Sri Lankan President M. Rajapaksa praised the nation’s achievements since 1948, particularly after the 30 years of civil war. The president also called for unity among citizens in order to reconstruct and develop the country. On the occasion, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang cabled a congratulatory message to President M. Rajapaksa and other Sri Lankan leaders./.... [read more]




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