An office to promote trade and investment between Vietnam and Italy is due to open in the Italian region of Tuscany.

Vietnam’s Ambassador to Italy, Nguyen Hoang Long and Stefano Giovannelli, the General Director of Tuscany’s Economic Promotion’s Agency (TEPA), signed a memorandum of understanding on setting up the office on August 1.

Vietnamese and Italian businesses who want to find out about business opportunities and policies in each other's countries will now have access to advice from the office.

The office is scheduled to open next month with a Vietnamese manager.

On speaking at the signing ceremony, Ambassador Long underlined the friendship and sound relationship that Tuscany and Vietnam have formed over the years, saying that he hopes with the support of local government and the business communities of both countries, the office will become a catalyst for bilateral economic cooperation.

A ‘Vietnam Week,’ featuring Vietnamese culture, arts and music will also be held in Tuscany next February. This is just one of the many events being held during the ‘Vietnam Year’ in Italy campaign, which is being organised next year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

At the ceremony, the President of Tuscany, Enrico Rossi, said that he wanted the relationship between the region and Vietnam to develop comprehensively in the future. He also expressed his support for ‘Vietnam Week’ in the region.-VNA