Speaking at the forum, Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Terens-Nikolaos Quick said Vietnam and Greece had actively cooperated and supported each other at regional and international multilateral forums such as UN, Asia-Europe Meeting and the Asean-EU.
Quick was in Vietnam at the head of a Greek enterpreneurial delegation to promote trade and tourism between the two countries. Mr Quick, a member of junior governmet partner ANEL, responsible for the diaspora, seems to have taken care of his duties towards Greeks abroad, and has taken on much more auspicious roles.
The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) signed a cooperation agreement with the Federation of Greek Industries and the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) in Hanoi on Monday to tighten cooperation and boost trade between businesses of the two countries.
The agreement was signed at the Vietnam – Greek Business Forum, which attracted representatives from Vietnamese businesses and 16 leading Greek groups in the fields of food, olive oil production, garments and textiles, real estate investment, energy, electricity and lighting.
He said Greece was one of earliest countries to ratify the EU-Vietnam Partnership and Cooperation Agreement and supported the early adoption of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement. Greece wanted Vietnam to strengthen its relations with the EU and expected to be a gateway for Vietnamese goods to enter the region.
Cooperation between the two sides would create strong investment in energy, transport and technology in Vietnam. In particular, Greece had a lot of experience in the field of industrial technology, infrastructure and shipping, which would support Vietnam’s development, said Quick.
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