Vietnamese Ambassador to Argentina Dang Xuan Dung (L) and local authorities (Source: VNA)

Buenos Aires (VNA) – A delegation of the Vietnamese Embassy in Argentina led by Ambassador Dang Xuan Dung has paid a working visit to the central province of Cordoba to promote ties between the locality and Vietnam.

Cordoba province, some 700km from the capital city Buenos Aires, has huge development potential.

Cordoba is one of the country’s leading localities in terms of agricultural products, particularly in livestock, soybean, maize and peanuts. It has seen strong industrial development, including automobile assembling, spare parts and agricultural machinery.

The Ambassador met with Cordoba leaders to explore local development models and expand cooperation in its key sectors with Vietnam.

The hosts lauded the Doi Moi (Reform), economic development, and national building of Vietnam in recent years, believing that with its abundant human and natural resources, Vietnam will continue to obtain more successes on its path of development.

Local leaders expressed their hope that Argentinean enterprises will have a chance to meet with promising Vietnamese partners in their upcoming visit.

The Governors of Cordoba, Entre Rios and Sante Fe provinces will lead a delegation of Argentinean officials and enterprises to Vietnam to discuss cooperation, according to the Argentinean side.

For his part, Ambassador Dung briefed the hosts on Vietnam’s socio-economic development model, affirming that after 30 years of Doi Moi, Vietnam has gained breakthroughs, improving its people’s living conditions and boosting economic development via industrialisation.

He welcomed the upcoming visit of Argentinean officials and enterprises, and pledged to connect the Argentinean firms with Vietnamese partners.

During the trip, the Vietnamese delegation met with leaders and students of the province’s Twenty-First Century University and Catholic University. He briefed participants on Vietnam’s education system and programmes and pledged to serve as a bridge to boost cooperation in training, research and students exchange, particularly in language training between the province and Vietnam.

He also introduced to the hosts Vietnam’s landscapes, people and international integration over the year nearly 40 years of Doi Moi.

Despite challenges, Vietnam is one of the leading economies in Southeast Asia, with GDP growth of 6.8 percent, inflation at 3.16 percent and trade value reaching a record 400 billion USD in 2017.

Vietnam pursues a consistent policy of diversification and multilateralisation of international relations and international integration, on the basis of equality, mutual respect and benefits.

Vietnam has signed 12 bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements, including the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Vietnam has responsibly participated in international organisations and multilateral cooperation mechanisms, such as the United Nations, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

Vietnam has established cooperation with other nations and partners in all fields, including politics, security – defence, science – technology and education – training.

The Vietnamese diplomat highlighted the Vietnam – Argentina bilateral friendship which was established in 1973, particularly after they upgraded their relations to a strategic partnership in 2010.

Recently, economic and trade relations between the two countries have seen improvements, with two-way trade value reaching 3 billion USD, making Argentina Vietnam’s second biggest trade partner in Latin America, and Vietnam the second most important market of Argentina in Asia.

On the occasion, the embassy of Vietnam introduced Vietnamese food and coffee to international friends in Cordoba province.-VNA