The upcoming official visit to Vietnam by Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is expected to bolster the strategic partnership between the two countries.

This is the first trip to Vietnam by Prayuth Chan-ocha in capacity as prime minister of Thailand.

The visit will run from November 27-28 at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to discuss cooperation proposals in trade, investment, transport and agro-forestry, and enhance coordination at regional and international forums, including of the Greater Mekong Subregion.

Vietnam and Thailand established diplomatic ties in 1976, and upgraded their rapports to strategic partnership in 2013 during the Thailand visit by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.

Two-way trade hit 7.6 billion USD in January-September, a year-on-year increase of 11 percent. As of October, Thailand ran 365 investment projects in Vietnam with the total registered capital of 6.63 billion USD. Meanwhile, Vietnam is running eight investment projects worth around 9 million USD in Thailand.

In addition to holding regular exchanges of delegations to enhance mutual understanding and trust, the two countries have shared experience in the fight against cross-border, cyber and drug crimes and human trafficking.

Vietnam and Thailand also promoted collaboration in education, culture, and aviation. The two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in vocational training at ACMECS countries involving Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar.

Vietnam hopes to learn experience from Thailand in agriculture, forestry and fisheries but bilateral cooperation in the fields has not been stepped up yet.-VNA