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A VietnaVietnam increases cooperation with Italian regionm Office will be established in Emilia-Romagna, an administrative region in North Italy, to promote trade and economic cooperation between the two sides.

An agreement to this effect was signed in Bologna, the capital city of Emilia-Romagna on March 12 by Vietnamese ambassador to Italy Nguyen Hoang Long and representatives of the administrative region. They also signed another document to increase bilateral cooperation in economics and trade.

The office, a Vietnamese-run model, will be allowed to have direct access to Italy’s business connectivity system.  The facility, which is funded by Emilia-Romagna, will help local and Vietnamese companies seek business partnerships in each other’s markets, as well as attracting investment capital and technology from Emilia-Romagna into Vietnam.

Both sides discussed a number of measures to increase cooperation between Vietnam and Emilia-Romagna after both countries agreed to raise their relationship to the strategic partnership level in January 2013.

The Italian region will prioritise technology transfer and human resources training for Vietnam to support the country’s growth renewing model.

It will provide vocational training services for Vietnamese workers, primarily in the mechanical engineering and manufacturing industries, as part of the Vietnam-Italy efforts to establish exemplary research and training centres at the national level.

The representatives of Emilia-Romagna announced their decision to select Vietnam as one of the region’s key markets for investment cooperation in 2013.

Both sides agreed to work closely to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Italy in 2013. Accordingly, a Vietnam Week will be held in Bologna from May 3-11 to feature a diverse range of activities, including photo and cultural space exhibitions, talkshows on Vietnam’s land and people, and art performances.

During his working trip to Bologna, ambassador Long met with former Italian Prime Minister and former EC President Romano Prodi who is scheduled to visit Vietnam on March 17-18.


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