At the Vietnam-India IT and communications business forum (Source: VNA) 
New Delhi (VNA) – Vietnam is interested in India’s experience in e-government and information security and safety, Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan told Indian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad during their talks in New Delhi on March 28.

Minister Tuan hailed the Indian government’s supply of 1 billion USD to ASEAN connectivity projects, including those in Vietnam, and wished to closely partner with the Indian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

He took the occasion to ask India to share experience in policymaking in information safety and updating information insecurity trends in the region and the world.

The guest hoped that India would open management training courses for Vietnamese officials in IT and communications, with a focus on e-government structure and technology.

Prasad, for his part, stated that India is willing to share experience with Vietnam, firstly in training and assisting small and medium-sized IT enterprises, especially those in rural areas.

Host and guest witnessed the signing of an agreement on the establishment of a joint working group between the two ministries and agreed that the group would discuss detail ways of collaboration.

Following the talks, Minister Tuan met General Director of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and attended the Vietnam-India IT and communications business forum, during which he pledged all possible support for Indian firms to join IT projects in Vietnam.

He expressed his belief that Indian enterprises, with their strength in capital, expertise and technology, would find partnership and investment opportunities in the field in Vietnam.

During a meeting with Secretary General of the All India Peace & Solidarity Organisation (AIPSO) Pallab Sengupta, Tuan, in his capacity as Chairman of the Vietnam-India Friendship Association (VIFA), wished that the VIFA and AIPSO would further diversify their activities and push forward the extensive and practical development of the Vietnam-India comprehensive strategic partnership.

Both sides promised to hold the ninth Vietnam-India people’s friendship festival on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties and the 10th anniversary of strategic partnership.

During a reception for President of the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee in West Bengal State Greetesh Sharma, Tuan informed the host that the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations and the Vietnam – India Friendship Association have partnered with the India – Vietnam Solidarity Committee and the Vietnam-India Solidarity Committee to hold practical events to raise mutual understanding between the two peoples.

Visiting the headquarters of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a day earlier, Tuan expressed his delight at significant and comprehensive progresses that India has scored during the national construction and development, in which, BJP played an important role.

Head of the BJP’s Department of Foreign Affairs Vijay Chauthaiwale affirmed that BJP and Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi are always consistent in the “Act East” policy and wished to further increase bilateral friendship in the foreseeable future.-VNA