At a conference on trade and investment promotion that took place at the headquarters of the General Confederation of Italian Industry (Confindustria) – Padua city chapter, Vietnamese Ambassador Cao Chinh Thien affirmed that intensifying the bilateral trade and investment ties is the most effective measure to step up the political and diplomatic relations.
Vietnam will continue creating the most favourable conditions for enterprises in Veneto region in particular and Italy in general to do business in the country, he added.
Marco Stevanato, member in charge of international cooperation of Confindustria Padua, said that the signing of a memorandum of understanding on friendship and cooperation establishment between Vietnam’s southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Veneto region in January has opened up more collaboration opportunities for the two countries’ businesses.
This conference is also a chance to Padua city’s firms to exchange experience and learn about Vietnam’s investment environment and legal framework, he added.
On the same day, Ambassador Thien and the city’s Governor Sergio Giordani opened an exhibition on the Italy-Vietnam solidarity movements during 1960-1970.
On display are over 40 documents, photos and posters showing Italy’s support for Vietnam’s struggle for national liberation in the previous century.
The Vietnamese diplomat also had a meeting with Professor Rosario Rizzutto, Rector of the University of Padua, during which they discussed the possibility of boosting sustainable cooperation between the University of Padua with a university of Vietnam.
With its strengths in agricultural development studies, the University of Padua wants to step up student exchange and training programmes in issues related to food security and climate change adaptation, Sergio Giordani stated.
Earlier, on March 30, the Vietnamese Embassy in Italy held a ceremony to mark the 45th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties in Rome.