Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai sought a Vietnam-Italy partnership in economic restructuring, including public investment, finance-banking and human resources as he greeted Vice President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies Marina Sereni in Hanoi on January 7.

Deputy PM Hai thanked the Italian Government and people for their support to Vietnam over the past time, particularly the official development assistance for national progress.

The Government of Vietnam wants more Italian investment in fields of its strength like oil and gas, manufacturing, small and medium-scale business, scientific and technological transfer, tourism and cultural exchange, he noted.

He suggested stronger efforts to realise the action plan signed in September 2013. According to him, Italy is now the ninth biggest European Union investor in the country.

Sereni said the joint declaration on the establishment of a strategic partnership and an action plan signed by both countries’ leaders in 2013 will lay the groundwork for concrete actions.

Sharing the same view as her host, she said Vietnam and Italy need to expand partnerships, especially in business and investment.

She said that Italy is encouraging more investment in technology and an extension of commercial reach at home, in European Union markets, and beyond.

The guest also highly valued Vietnam’s business climate.-VNA