Vietnamese Ambassador to Mexico Nguyen Hoai Duong speaks at the workshop. (Source: VNA)

Mexico City (VNA) – The socio-economic and political situation, and gender equality issue in Vietnam drew the attention of researchers, teachers and students at a workshop in Mexico on September 5.

The event, held by the Institute for Economic Research under the National Autonomous University of Mexico, saw the participation of researchers and experts from Japan and Poland.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Mexico Nguyen Hoai Duong talked about the relations between Vietnam and Mexico, as well as potential for bilateral cooperation in various fields, particularly economy, trade, investment and culture.

Since the two countries set up diplomatic ties on May 19, 1975, their collaboration and traditional friendship have been consolidated and enhanced across realms, he said, highlighting an annual increase of 10-15 percent in two-way trade over the past time.

Vietnam has become Mexico’s eighth largest trade partner in Asia-Pacific. Meanwhile, Mexico is Vietnam’s second largest trade partner in Latin America, with two-way trade value reaching nearly 5 billion USD in 2017 and some 1 billion USD in the first quarter of this year, the diplomat cited statistics released by the Mexican Ministry of Economy. 

Ambassador Duong expressed his belief that the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) to which both Vietnam and Mexico are signatories will further facilitate economic, trade and investment links between the two countries once it takes effect.

At the workshop, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Huu Minh from the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences presented Vietnam’s policies and progresses in gender equality and women empowerment in political, economic and social spectrums.

Dr. Naoko Saito from Japan’s Osaka University and Lukasz Czarnecki, a Polish researcher, spoke of the impressive development and increasingly important role of Vietnam in the region and the international area at large.

On this occasion, the Vietnamese Embassy in Mexico opened exhibitions of Mexican artists’ paintings and photos capturing the land and people of Vietnam.-VNA