The southern province of Ben Tre welcomes and will provide all possible conditions for Russian businesses to invest in the locality, said Chairman of the provincial People’s Council Nguyen Thanh Phong.

Receiving a Russian Duma delegation led by First Vice President of the Russian State Duma Ivan Ivanovich Melnikov on December 26, Phong said the province has strengths in agriculture and sea-based activities.

There are seven local businesses exporting copra, activated carbon and tra fish fillets to Russia while two Russian enterprises are investing in fish farming in nearly 100 hectares in the locality.

The Russian guests showed interests in Ben Tre’s coconut product production and export.

During the visit, Melnikov and his entourage visited a copra factory of the Ben Tre Export Import Joint Stock Company, which shipped 700,000 USD worth of products to Russia over the past 11 months.

The Russian delegation also visited a coconut plantation of Nguyen Huu Tin in Tam Phuoc commune, Chau Thanh district.

Earlier on December 25, the delegation paid a working visit to the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau to explore cooperation opportunities.

They began their working visit to Vietnam on December 23.-VNA