Saint Petersburg wishes to promote cooperation with Vietnam

Saturday, 2018-03-17 11:31:21
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Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh and his delegation at a working session with the Governor of Saint Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko on March 16. (Photo: NDO)
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NDO – Saint Petersburg wishes to expand its cooperation with Vietnamese businesses in the fields of tourism, culture, education and healthcare, Governor of Saint Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko has said.

The Russian official hosted a working session with the Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh in the port city on March 16.

Poltavchenko informed his guest that, in 2018, Saint Petersburg will celebrate the 95th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh's first visit to Russia. The local authorities are actively preparing for the event with a range of activities, such as painting exhibitions and documentary film sessions about Nguyen Ai Quoc.

According to him, local businesses in the fields of industry (tractors, excavators, water supply, and water filtration manufacturers), healthcare, education and tourism are seeking opportunities to cooperate with Vietnamese businesses.

Poltavchenko affirmed that tourism is one of the key areas of cooperation between Saint Petersburg and Vietnamese businesses, adding that Vietnamese businesses would be interested in working with companies and medical centres in the city, as this is one of the areas showing the most growth in the locality.

He stressed that Saint Petersburg wishes to develop good relations with localities in Vietnam, and with Ho Chi Minh City, its sister city, in particular. On this occasion, Poltavchenko invited Ambassador Manh to attend the International Economic and Cultural Forums to be held in Saint Peterburg in May and November, respectively.

Ambassador Manh stressed that his main task is promoting the comprehensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and Russia for the benefit of the people of both countries.

The diplomat affirmed that Saint Petersburg has opportunities and potential in cooperation not only with each locality in Vietnam but also with the whole country. Thanks to economic development, more and more Vietnamese people want to travel to Saint Petersburg and also more and more Russians have come to Vietnam.

Regarding educational cooperation, the ambassador said that he has strengthened his efforts to facilitate the cooperation between Saint Petersburg University and the leading institutions in Vietnam and will send Vietnamese students to study at this university. He also expressed his hope that Vietnam would send medical specialists to Saint Petersburg in order to cooperate in the treatment of serious diseases and cancer.

* Earlier the same day, Ambassador Manh had a working session with the Saint Petersburg University (SPbU). SPbU Rector Nikolay Kropachev said that his university can establish disciplines to satisfy the appropriate requirements from the Vietnamese side. The school and the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia will further discuss the issue in detail.

Ambassador Ngo Duc Manh (C) at the working session with Saint Petersburg University.