Seminar highlights Vietnam-India relations

Thursday, 2017-09-21 17:04:25
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Prof. Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan, President of the VASS, talks with Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Parvathaneni Harish.
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NDO – The Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS), in collaboration with the Indian Embassy in Vietnam, held a seminar in Hanoi on September 21, during which the delegates pointed out a number of policy obstacles and proposed a variety of solutions in order to boost bilateral trade activities between the two countries.

The event, themed “Vietnam-India: Outlook for prosperity and partnership”, is part of the activities to mark 45 years of bilateral diplomatic ties, 10 years of the strategic partnership and one year of the comprehensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and India, as well as the 70th anniversary of India’s Independence Day.

In his remarks, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan, President of the VASS, stated that since Vietnam and India became independent in 1945 and 1947, respectively, the traditional relationship between the two countries has been continuously fostered and elevated to new heights.

Following Vietnam’s Dien Bien Phu Victory in 1954, Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was the first foreign head of state to come to Vietnam to extend his congratulations and show support to the country, he said, adding that during its struggle for national independence, Vietnam always received both material and spiritual assistance from Indian friends.

Vice versa, President Ho Chi Minh is also a popular name in India, with the two large Indian cities of Delhi and Kolkata having an avenue named after the great Vietnamese leader, Thuan noted.

For his part, Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Parvathaneni Harish stated that Vietnam and India elevated their bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership during the official visit made to Vietnam by PM Narendra Modi in September 2016. Currently, the fine traditional relationship between the two countries is growing comprehensively, embracing the spheres of defence, security, trade, investment and people-to-people exchange.

India considers ASEAN as central to its Look East policy with Vietnam being an important pillar, the diplomat said, expressing his belief that the bilateral partnership would develop even stronger than ever before.

Pointing out the reasons for the limitations in Vietnam-India trade cooperation Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Trung, Director of the Vietnam Institute of Indian and Southwest Asian Studies, recommended that both sides further expand their legal base to boost trade activities, whilst strengthening the efficiency of their trade promotion work and increasing trade promotion activities in each other’s country.