A Vietnam economic office is expected to open in Lombardy, the most developed industrial region in Italy, in 2014.

The plan was unveiled at a meeting in Italy on October 25 between Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Nguyen Hoang Long and Chairman of the Lombardy region Roberto Maroni.

Lombardy, which is Italy’s economic centre and contributes 25 percent of the country’s GDP, set up twin ties with Ho Chi Minh City and signed a cooperation agreement with the Vietnamese Government in 2010.

Maroni said he highly valued Ambassador Long’s working visit to the Italian region during the current Vietnamese Days in Milan.

He expressed his desire to broaden the Lombardy region’s economic and educational cooperation with Vietnam, saying the Southeast Asian nation is an attractive destination for foreign investors, including those from Italy.

He said he fully supported Vietnam’s plan to establish an economic office in the region which will draw the participation of local authorities, the Italian Industrial Employers’ Association and Milan’s trade office.

The office will be located in Milan, the capital city of the Lombardy region, where it will help businesses from both countries tap into the potential of their respective markets and promote cooperation and investment for mutual benefit.-VNA