Russia’s Irkutsk welcomes Vietnamese firms hinh anh 1Governor of Russia’s Irkutsk province Sergey Levchenko and Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh (right)(Source: VNA)

Moscow (VNA) – Governor of Russia’s Irkutsk province Sergey Levchenko suggested to Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh at a meeting in Moscow on April 17 that Vietnam and Russia should increase business exchange.

The governor said in doing so, difficulties in bilateral trade will be promptly addressed, thus promoting Vietnamese products and attracting Vietnamese investors to Irkutsk.  

He informed the Ambassador that Irkutsk and Vietnam’s northern province of Quang Ninh are due to sign cooperation agreements in various fields.

The Governor expressed his hope for stronger cooperation between Irkutsk and Vietnam as well as Quang Ninh province in particular in the near future.

Noting with pleasure the increasing number of Vietnamese students in Irkutsk, Levchenko committed to creating the best possible conditions for the students in the time ahead.

For his part, Ambassador Manh applauded efforts made by Irkutsk and Quang Ninh to reach cooperation agreements, saying that it is in line with the Embassy’s plan to promote bilateral cooperation at local levels.  

Manh pledged to do his utmost to connect Vietnamese and Russian businesses in their search for investment and cooperation opportunities.

Levchenko told the Vietnamese News Agency that Irkutsk boasts substantial potential for investment and economic development, naming the province’s advantages such as the largest area of forest in Russia, the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world – the Baikal, and rich mineral reserves.

Besides, science-technology, aviation, hydroelectricity and food production are also strengths of the province.

Irkutsk is one of leading localities in investment attraction in Russia, he said, noting that in 2017 alone, the province lured over 9 billion USD.

The Governor appreciated the contribution of the Vietnamese community to Irkutsk’s development, and the relations between Vietnam and Russia.

Highlighting great cooperation potential between the two sides, Levchenko said Irkutsk always welcomes Vietnamese friends.-VNA