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Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam and Italy should strengthen their cooperation in all areas, especially trade and investment, heard a seminar in Hanoi on November 10.

The seminar, themed “Vietnam-Italy cooperation and friendship in the new situation,” was held by the Vietnam-Italy Friendship Association (VIFA).

Addressing the function, VIFA President Nguyen Van Nam said the bilateral collaboration is growing robustly after the two countries elevated their relationship to a strategic partnership.

Italian Vice Ambassador to Vietnam Natalia Sanginiti noted that Vietnam has become an important partner of her country in ASEAN, adding that an increasing number of Italian firms is choosing Vietnam as their potential investment destination.

Italy, meanwhile, is also a top EU partner of Vietnam in multiple fields from politics and development cooperation to trade and technology, she said.

The diplomat stressed both sides need to enhance trade-investment ties and prioritise a number of joint projects, particularly in the sectors of health and food safety.

Tran Thanh Hai, Vice Director of the Import-Export Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, called on Italy to encourage the EU to soon recognise Vietnam’s market economy status and help the country build capacity in implementing the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement.

He said Vietnam and Italy should improve their cooperation in high-tech and support industries.

Hai noted that Italy, with its more advanced technologies, can help develop manufacturing, farming and climate change adaptation in Vietnam.

Both governments should devise policies to promote Italian investments in Vietnam, particularly in infrastructure, garment, footwear, support industry, energy and tourism, he said.

The same day, the VIFA also held a get-together in celebration of its 30th founding anniversary.

At the event, Italian Ambassador to Vietnam Cecilia Piccioni lauded the operation of the VIFA and its collaboration with her agency in making Vietnam-Italy ties thrive.-VNA