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PM for growing trade, commerce with Vietnam

  • Published at 08:54 pm October 20th, 2019
Tran Van Khoa
Vietnamese ambassador Tran Van Khoa with Prime minister Sheikh Hasina at the PMO in Dhaka on Sunday, October 20, 2019 PID

Vietnamese envoy Tran Van Khoa laid emphasis on bolstering cooperation in the fields of trade, tourism, and people-to-people contact between the two countries

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh needs to boost trade and commerce with Vietnam for improving the status of the two countries with mutual benefits.

"We can enhance our trade and commerce to utilize the huge population of Southeast Asia," she said, when outgoing Vietnamese Ambassador in Dhaka, Tran Van Khoa, made a courtesy call on her at her office, on Sunday.

Prime Minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

Sheikh Hasina said Vietnam has a special place in the hearts of Bangladeshis as both the nations have struggled for their independence, reports UNB.

"The people of Bangladesh always extended support to the Liberation War of Vietnam," she said.

Sheikh Hasina conveyed her regards to the Vietnamese premier through the ambassador. 

Recalling her visit to Vietnam in 2012, she said that Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of the Father of the Nation, also visited Vietnam after its independence.

Vietnamese envoy Tran Van Khoa, laying emphasis on bolstering cooperation in the fields of trade, tourism, and people-to-people contact between the two countries said: "We need to increase the existing annual trade volume between the two countries from $800-900 million, to $1billion.”

He said he highly appreciated Bangladesh's tremendous and impressive development under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the last three years during his tenure as ambassador to Bangladesh.

"Bangladesh has made its strong position in the international arena due to this development," he added.

Referring to the existing bilateral ties between the two countries, Van Khoa said Vietnam attaches the highest priority to its relations with Bangladesh.

Both the prime minister and the ambassador expressed hope that the relations would grow deeper in the days to come.

Secretary to the Prime Minister's Office, Sajjadul Hassan, was present at the meeting.