Vietnamese Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh (C) at the ceremony (Source: VNA)
New Delhi (VNA) – Vietnamese Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh has attended a ceremony to mark the establishment of an India-Vietnam cooperation centre in Odisha State (formerly Orissa), which aims to promote economic and educational connections, and cultural exchange between Odisha and Vietnam.

Thanh paid a courtesy visit to Governor of the state Naveen Patnaik in the morning of January 10, during which they discussed opportunities for expanding cooperation between Odisha and Vietnam.

They agreed to boost links in many mutually significant fields such as agriculture, seafood and foodstuff processing, education-training, tourism and cultural exchange.

During his tour to Odisha from January 8-10, the Vietnamese diplomat, met with representatives from the chamber of commerce and industry of Odisha State, participated in a small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) fair, and attended a meeting with Indian firms operating in the state.

Indian businesses, expressed their hope to strengthen trade, investment and tourism bonds with Vietnam, saying that they want to participate in upcoming fairs in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Ambassador Thanh also visited the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) – one of India’s 15 leading private education establishments, providing higher and postgraduate education programmes.
Odisha, is one of India’s states currently experiencing rapid economic growth. It strengths include metals processing and industrial technique, seafood production, electronics and software.

With 500 km of coast, modern tourism sites, and temples for religious activities, the state has great potential for developing tourism. It is an attractive destination for holiday-makers from all over the world.

The state’s businesses are seeking advanced technologies, and techniques in processing farm and aquaculture products. They also have a demand to purchase electronic spare parts serving the assembling industry. Odisha state, hopes to expand its export market, for their plastic products, materials for construction, industrial manufacturing and wood sectors.-VNA