Vietnam, Mongolia discuss ways to promote cooperation in various fields

Wednesday, 2017-08-09 09:07:01
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The 16th session of the Vietnam-Mongolia Inter-governmental Committee for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation discuss a range of cooperation priorities between the two countries.
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NDO – In the near future, Vietnam and Mongolia will further promote exports to each other’s market, particularly their key products with advantages and complementary forms.

The direction was reached during the 16th session of the Vietnam-Mongolia Inter-governmental Committee for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, held recently in Ulan Bator, the capital city of Mongolia.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, Chairman of the Vietnamese Sub-Committee under the Inter-governmental Committee, led the Vietnamese delegation to attend the meeting and took part in activities to promote and strengthen Vietnam's cooperation with the host.

The Vietnamese delegates held talks with the Mongolian delegation led by Mongolian Minister of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, Sergelen Purev, who is also Chairman of the Mongolian Sub-Committee in the Inter-governmental Committee.

The two sides discussed the major issues of cooperation between Vietnam and Mongolia, including diplomatic, defence and security relations; economics, trade and investment; agriculture and disaster prevention; science and technology; transportation; education, culture, sports and tourism; labour, healthcare and other fields.

On the basis of the results achieved in the past sessions, the two sides agreed on a cooperation direction and discussed measures to further enhance the efficiency of cooperation in order to meet the requirements of both governments.

Prioritised areas of cooperation decided upon during this session include trade, agriculture and tourism, in which the two sides will further promote the export of each other goods with their own strengths to complement each other.

Vietnam wants to export agricultural and fishery products, processed foods, rice, tea, coffee, confectionery, fresh fruit (dragon fruit, durian, mangosteen, lychee, mango, banana, and nuts), canned fruit juice, pork, chicken, eggs, veterinary medicine, vaccines, honey, seafood, beverages, consumer goods, textiles, machinery and equipment to Mongolia.

Meanwhile, Mongolia expects to export processed and frozen meat products (goat, sheep, and horse), raw materials (leather, feathers, wool), leather products, minerals and some frozen fruits to Vietnam.

The two sides agreed to strengthen the exchange of information between the working missions in supporting trade between the two countries and creating a favourable environment for enterprises of both nations to participate in international and domestic exhibitions and activities, as well as supporting other forms of feasible cooperation.

They also agreed to continue coordinating in the implementation of a MOU between Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Mongolian General Agency for Specialised Inspection in the field of veterinary inspection and quarantine that was recently signed in April.

Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong (L) meets with Mongolian Prime Minister Jargaltulga Erdenebat in Ulan Bator.

On the occasion, Minister Cuong paid a courtesy visit to Mongolian Prime Minister Jargaltulga Erdenebat.

Recalling the respectable results from the previous working visits by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh in 2016, the Mongolian leader praised the importance of the Vietnam-Mongolia Inter-governmental Committee’s 16th session, amidst both nations attempting to consolidate, promote and develop their close, traditional friendship which was officially established in 1954.

At present, the two countries have signed three Treaty of Friendship (in 1961, 1979 and 2000) and around 20 new agreements on economic, trade, cultural, educational, scientific and technical cooperation, as well as in other areas. The two sides have recognised each other as a full market economy since 2013.

Both the host and guest said that the visits made by the senior leaders of the two countries in recent years and the results of the Inter-governmental Committee’s 16th meeting have increasingly tightened and promoted the relationship of solidarity, friendship and development to a new height.

The Vietnam-Mongolia Inter-governmental Committee for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation was established on December 3, 1979 to promote cooperation in economic, trade, investment, science and technology and other fields of common interests between the two nations.

The inter-governmental committee is responsible for monitoring, reviewing, evaluating and proposing forms of cooperation, while simultaneously coordinating the cooperation. As usual, the committee meets every two years, alternating between Vietnam and Mongolia.