Measures put forth to boost Vietnam – Hong Kong ties hinh anh 1Vietnamese Ambassador to China Dang Minh Khoi (L) and Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-Ngor at their meeting on October 19 (Photo: VNA)

Hong Kong (VNA)
 – Vietnamese Ambassador to China Dang Minh Khoi suggested measures to enhance multifaceted cooperation between Vietnam and Hong Kong (China) during his meeting with Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-Ngor on October 19 as part of his working visit to the region.

The first measure is boosting delegation exchanges, he said, adding that the two sides should consider the building of a coordination mechanism for the exchange of high-ranking delegations, including those from each other’s ministries, sectors and localities. He welcomed his host to visit Vietnam soon.

The second one is increasing practical partnerships in economy, investment, finance, trade and service.

Khoi said Vietnam is going through a shift in its economic development model and step by step equitising its state-run enterprises. The country welcomes Hong Kong businesses to engage in the process and invest more in Vietnam’s infrastructure projects.

The diplomat highlighted the enhancement of people-to-people exchange as the third measure, as Vietnam and Hong Kong share a close geographical distance and cultural similarities.

Pointing to the fact that the exchange between the sides mostly takes place via the tourism channel, Khoi suggested expanding to other channels such as education, sports, and human resources.

He requested the Hong Kong authorities conduct measures to clear visa application hurdles for Vietnamese.

For her part, Carrie Lam said Hong Kong values Vietnam’s position and role, adding that she will visit the country in a suitable time.

Saying the two economies supplement each other, she affirmed Hong Kong is willing to boost cooperation with Vietnam, particularly in finance and logistics.

Concerning tourism cooperation, she considered Vietnam’s nice landscapes and many sea ports a basis for increasing bilateral partnerships in the field.

Hong Kong will consider creating conditions for Vietnamese citizens to enter the region as tourists and investors based on the effective resolution of illegal immigration between the sides.-VNA