Conference discusses Vietnam-Mexico cooperation outlook hinh anh 1Vietnamese Ambassador to Mexico Nguyen Hoai Duong addresses the conference (Photo: VNA)

Mexico City (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in Mexico and the International Studies Faculty of the Mexico Institute of Autonomous Technology jointly held a conference on the Vietnam-Mexico relations to discuss the outlook of cooperation between the two countries.

Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Mexico Nguyen Hoai Duong said that since the two countries set up their diplomatic relations 43 years ago, the bilateral relationship has grown strongly in all fields such as politics, economy, trade, culture, education, health care and tourism.

Mexico is now the third largest trade partner of Vietnam in Latin America, while Vietnam is the eighth biggest market of Mexico in Asia.

Two-way trade reached nearly 5 billion USD in 2017 and hit 3 billion USD in the first eight months of 2018, noted the diplomat.

He held that the Vietnamese and Mexican economies can supplement each other, adding that the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will contribute to creating a favourable environment for the promotion of economic, trade and investment partnership between Vietnam and Mexico.

Ambassador Duong said that through 40 years of national construction, from a war-torn country, Vietnam is now on the way to industrialization and modernisation with a rising position in the world arena.

So far, Vietnam has set up diplomatic relations with 180 countries and trade partnership with nearly 200 economies in the world, he said.

Vietnam consistently pursues the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, openness, diversification, multilateralisation and active international integration, he said.

The ambassador affirmed that in the past two decades, Vietnam has made important contributions to the growth of the ASEAN, adding that the country is working with other members of the association to build the ASEAN Community Vision with an aim to fostering intra-bloc connectivity through integration and dialogues.

Participants expressed hope that more similar conferences will be held for them to explore the culture, country and people of Vietnam.-VNA