Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Representatives from about 150 Vietnamese and German businesses joined together in workshops in Berlin on June 22 to discuss possibilities to enhance links in investment, trade, sci-technology and education-training between the two countries’ enterprises.

According to Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, the workshops offered good chances for the two sides’ business communities to promote cooperation, thus further deepening relations between the two nations.

He affirmed that the Germany-Vietnam Strategic Partnership has entered into a new development period, especially now when Vietnam has joined a series of free trade agreements, which open opportunities for the country to expand markets and attract more investment and advanced technologies.

Son praised the Vietnamese Embassy in Germany for arranging the two workshops, which focused on potential, opportunities, prospects and measures to step up economic and trade links between Vietnam and Germany.

The role played by Vietnamese enterprises operating in Germany in fostering bilateral economic links was also highlighted at the event, he said.

Participants to the event suggested promoting the role of the embassy’s division for economic affairs in boosting connection between German firms and their Vietnamese counterparts.

They also hoped that the community of Vietnamese businesses in Germany will serve as a bridge promoting the bilateral relations and economic links in particular through directly investing in Vietnam or supporting and providing legal advice for German companies to trade in Vietnam.

The organisation of the workshops is hoped to open new prospects for win-win cooperation between the two countries in the future, practically contributing to deepening the Vietnam-Germany Strategic Partnership, Son stressed.

Two-way trade between Vietnam and Germany has hit about 9 billion USD so far. Germany is Vietnam’s third largest investor in the European Union, with a total investment of 1.5 billion USD.-VNA