Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam-Myanmar and Myanmar-Vietnam Friendship Associations signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation as part of their talks in Hanoi on December 19.

According to the pact, the two associations agreed to coordinate celebrations of the countries’ major anniversaries, and the organisation of trade – investment fairs and conferences, and business exchanges. They planned to introduce businessmen to public agencies and organisations, and provide the business community with market information.

The two sides pledged to work together to help connect Vietnamese and Myanmar tourism sectors. Their cooperation also covered delegation exchanges and regular liaison.

At the talks, Chairman of the Vietnam-Myanmar Friendship Association Chu Cong Phung lauded the role of its Myanmar counterpart in boosting the two nations’ people-to-people diplomacy across all sectors.

Phung said the Myanmar association delegation’s current visit to Vietnam is a chance for the sides to discuss cooperative plans and for Vietnamese and Myanmar enterprises to seek partnerships.

Chairman of the Myanmar-Vietnam Friendship Association U Tint Swai said his association is willing to collaborate with Vietnam in all socio-economic spheres.

Upcoming joint activities should focus more on education to boost awareness of the younger generation on the importance of Vietnam – Myanmar ties, he noted.

As part of the function, U Tint Swai and representatives from Myanmar firms fielded questions on Myanmar’s preferential policies for foreign investors, including those from Vietnam.-VNA