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Czech Senate President Milan Stech and Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan hold press conference after talks

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and President of the Czech Senate Milan Stech held talks immediately after the welcoming ceremony.

Expressing elation at the development of economic and trade relation, bilateral investment and investment cooperation between the two countries in the recent period, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan held that potential of for economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries is huge. She hailed the Czech Republic for putting Vietnam - the only country in ASEAN - into the list of 12 key markets with priority for foreign trade. National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan also suggested the Czech Republic to create favorable conditions for enterprises of both parties to sign direct export of agricultural and aquatic products of Vietnam to the Czech market as well as export of industrial goods, materials and accessories from Czech Republic to Vietnam, and at the same timefacilitate visa application for representatives of Vietnamese enterprises to visit the Czech market, find partners, attend exhibitions and fairs, and for students to study in the Czech Republic.

Agreeing with National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan’s assessment that trade and investment between the two countries are not on par with potential, the President of the Czech Senate said to further develop economic relation, the two parties should have an agreement on protection of investment. Czech private companies are willing to set up joint ventures with Vietnamese enterprises on science and technology investment.

Recognizing Vietnam's successful economy in Southeast Asia, the Czech Senate President said that the Czech Republic is also a successful economy in the European Union with low unemployment rates. Accordingly, the two countries should take advantage of their strengths to complement and support each other for development. Both sides also agreed on urging the EU to early sign the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement, considering that the agreement would be a lever for more sustainable and effective trade development.

On the cooperation between the two legislative bodies, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and President of the Czech Senate Milan Stech noted with pleasure that the cooperation between the two parliaments in recent years has been continuously consolidated and developed. The two sides have maintained exchanges of high-level delegations and agencies of the two Parliaments. On that basis, the two countries' legislative bodies should further intensify and deepen their relations on multilateral parliamentary forums of which the two countries are members, such as IPU and ASEP. At the same time, the two sides must exchange and support each other on issues of mutual interest in the region and the world.

The President of the Czech Senate agreed with the proposal of National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan that in order to achieve substantial and effective relations, both sides must boost the exchange of high-level delegations and agencies of the Parliaments, step up exchange of experiences on parliamentary activities, and the Parliamentarians’ Friendship Group. The two sides must actively coordinate to supervise the implementation of the cooperation agreements signed by the two governments and key cooperation projects.

At the press conference held shortly after the talks, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Senate President Milan Stech affirmed that both sides reached consensus on many areas, and that the potential for cooperation is great.

The two leaders discussed issues of mutual concern in a frank manner. High consensus was reached on one issue not only in talks with the President of the Senate but also in high-level meetings with the Czech President, Prime Minister, Speaker of the Czech Chamber of Deputies, and senior leaders. They both agreed that relations between Vietnam and the Czech Republic are friendly and time-honored. Vietnam wishes to be a good friend of the Czech people and that cooperation between the two countries' legislatures will be increasingly effective, contributing to promoting the relationship between the two States.

During the visit, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan met with President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, President of the Chairman of the Czech- Moravia Communist Party, leaders of the Czech Chamber of Commerce, Association of Republic Top 100and a Czech brewery.

Synthesized from VNA by editor