Strengthening relations between Vietnam and the Canadian province of British Columbia

On April 30, the Premier of British Columbia province of Canada, Mr. John Horgan, had a meeting with the Vietnamese Consulate General in Vancouver Nguyen Quang Trung.

Attending the meeting were Ms. Sheena Mcconnell, Senior Advisor of the Prime Minister, representatives from relevant ministries and agencies, Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat and representatives from the Embassy of Vietnam, the Vietnam Trade Office in Canada.

According to the Vietnam News Agency reporter in Canada, Consul General Nguyen Quang Trung conveyed the greetings of Vietnamese leaders to the Premier of British Columbia and emphasized the long 48-year journey of the friendship and good development between the two countries. .

At the meeting, the two sides mentioned the potential and opportunities for cooperation between Vietnamese and British Columbia businesses, especially in the fields of education, tourism, people-to-people exchange, and labor cooperation … .

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership ( CPTPP ) is opening up new opportunities for cooperation in the fields of economics, trade and investment for both sides.

In 2020, despite being negatively affected by the pandemic, trade turnover between Vietnam and British Columbia still reaches nearly 2 billion CAD (about 1.6 billion USD).

Prime Minister Horgan congratulated Vietnam as one of the successful countries in the prevention of COVID-19 epidemic and expressed his wish to deepen the substantive relationship between Vietnam and the province of British Columbia, in the context of the two countries. towards the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2023.

In recent years, British Columbia is one of the provinces with high growth rate in Canada.

Presently, Prime Minister John Horgan is concentrating on the economic recovery plan for the post -COVID-19 period and is interested in expanding international cooperation, especially with the Asia-Pacific region.

Since 2017 until now, Vietnam has maintained its position as Canada’s largest trading partner in the ASEAN region, with the value of bilateral trade reaching about 5.1 billion USD in 2020.

Earlier, also in April 2021, Consul General Nguyen Quang Trung had a meeting with Minister of Energy, Mining and Emission Reduction Bruce Ralston and Deputy Secretary of the Secretariat of Intergovernmental Relations Silas Brownsey.

The two sides exchanged views on specific cooperation plans between Vietnam and British Columbia, especially in the economic field.

Recent statistics show that Canadian exporters and investors are increasingly interested in the Vietnamese market, with a population of about 98 million people./.


Source:  Vietnam News Agency

Author: web Desk

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