| | | Prime Minister Nguyá» n XuÃ¢n PhÃºc (r) receives Italian Ambassador Cecilia Piccion, who came to say farewell at the end of her tenure, in HÃ Ná»i on Wednesday.âÂ VNA/VNS Photo Thá»ng Nháº¥t |
HÃ Ná»I âÂ Prime Minister Nguyá» n XuÃ¢n PhÃºc received Italian Ambassador Cecilia Piccion, who came to say farewell at the end of her tenure, in HÃ Ná»i on Wednesday.
At the reception, the PM lauded the successful tenure of the diplomat, adding that she made made various contributions to the development of Viá»t Nam â Italy ties.
Bilateral relations saw strides during her term, and many Italian firms had come to Viá»t Nam to invest in the country. However, the potential for co-operation remained huge, especially in trade and investment, he noted.
The EU â Viá»t Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) would be a driving force to lift two-way trade turnover and investment, as well as a good opportunity for businesses of the countries, PhÃºc said, voicing his hope that Italy would push the signing and ratification of the deal.
The Vietnamese Government would create optimal conditions for foreign investors, including those from Italy, he pledged.
The Government leader also expressed his belief that the Italian diplomat would contribute to Viá»t Nam-Italy ties in her new position.
For her part, Ambassador Piccion thanked the Vietnamese Government, ministries and authorities for their support to her during her work in the country, and voiced her hope for the early signing and ratification of the EVFTA.
Italy is the fourth biggest trade partner of Viá»t Nam in the EU while Viá»t Nam is the biggest trade partner of Italy in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Over the past five years, two-way trade neared US$5 billion each year, and both sides are working to lift it to $6 billion for 2017-18. Within 10 years, from fourth place, Viá»t Nam has become the largest trade partner of Italy among the 10 ASEAN member countries.
As of February 2018, Italy ranked 31st out of the 128 countries and territories investing in Viá»t Nam, with 88 projects worth more than $388 million. The Italian government has added Viá»t Nam into its list of 10 emerging markets prioritised for trade and investment ties. â VNS