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Vietnam hopes that the Thai government will encourage more Thai businesses to invest in Vietnam’s central region, especially the East-West Economic Corridor.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan expressed his hope at a meeting with Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra in Chieng Mai on May 20 on the sidelines of the ongoing 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit (APWS).

He also proposed that the Thai government and Yingluck herself share experience and support Vietnam in successfully hosting the second Mekong River Commission (MRC) Summit in 2014.

Deputy PM encourages Thai investment in Vietnam

Both host and guest noted with satisfaction the growing ties of the friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two nations in all fields, from politics, security, and national defense to trade, investment, culture, and social affairs, especially following the second joint Vietnam-Thailand Cabinet meeting in October 2012.

Nhan said that the upcoming Thai visits by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, as well as the third joint Cabinet meeting this year will add fresh impetus to bilateral relations.

He welcomed Thailand’s initiative to host the 2nd APWS which he said has offered a good opportunity for regional participating nations to devise effective measures to protect and use water resources sustainably.

Yingluck and Nhan also discussed regional and international issues of mutual concern. They exchanged issues relating to Vietnamese guest workers in Thailand and agreed to speed up the negotiation and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on labour cooperation between the two countries.

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