Workshop promotes Vietnam - Russia trade ties hinh anh 1Vietnamese and Russian flags on a platform of Vietsovpetro in the East Sea (Source: Vietsovpetro)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Russian Centre for Sciences and Culture of the Embassy of Russia in Vietnam and the Saint Petersburg State University jointly organised a workshop to promote trade ties between Vietnam and Russia in Hanoi on September 22.

In opening the workshop, Russia Ambassador to Vietnam Konstantin Vasilievich Vnukov highlighted the growing economic and trade relations as well as the friendship and mutual understanding between Vietnam and Russia.

He called on the two nations to build on the cooperation advantages between the two nations, and promote promising joint projects.

According to the Ambassador, Russian enterprises have actively participated in the training of Vietnamese officials and experts, with an example being the State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM which has offered scholarships for over 400 Vietnamese students.

The Government of Russia has also provided aids to help Vietnam overcome natural disaster consequences, implement poverty reduction and hunger eradication programmes, promote socio-economic development, and tourism, he added.

Russia’s head trade representative in Vietnam Viacheslav Nikolaievich Kharinov highlighted Vietnam’s favourable investment climate for Russia firms, saying that despite the still modest economic and trade cooperation between Vietnam and Russia, the influence of Russian culture is strong in Vietnam.

Vietnamese people still remember the comprehensive support the Soviet Union provided for Vietnam in the past, he said.

Besides Russia’s support for Vietnam in the framework of the national key cooperation programmes, Russian firms are operating in Vietnam in the fields of education – training, science, health care, sports, charity work, telecommunication, among others.-VNA