Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue (R) and President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue lauded the ongoing Vietnam visit by President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman as a contributor to fostering the bilateral friendship and economic, trade and investment ties during a meeting with the President in Hanoi on June 7.

Hue said two-way trade between the two nations neared 250 million USD in 2016. By the end of last year, Czech firms had 36 valid projects worth more than 100 million USD in Vietnam while the Southeast Asian nation poured over 5 million USD into four projects in the Czech Republic.

Vietnam wants the European country to invest in fields of its strength such as energy, mining, infrastructure, transport means, mechanical engineering, environment, national defence, medical equipment and vocational training, Hue said.

According to him, Vietnam is accelerating business climate improvement and economic restructuring to create favourable conditions for domestic and foreign enterprises, including those from the Czech Republic.

President Milos Zeman, for his part, said his country always attaches importance to its traditional friendship with Vietnam.

Sharing view with the Vietnamese official, he said the two sides could partner in fields of strength and demand, opening a gateway for the two nations to access ASEAN and other markets worldwide.

He wished that Vietnam would remove visa issuance procedures for Czech citizens soon, making it easier for them to travel to the country.-VNA