Seminar highlights Viet Nam-India strategic partnership
Bilateral relations in national security and defense have developed fruitfully in the past few years. Both sides have maintained exchanges of high-level visits, as well as mechanisms for strategic dialogues between deputy defense ministers and increasing cooperation in military training, naval activities and national defense.
Economic, trade and investment cooperation has developed rapidly with total two-way trade turnover reaching US$3.9 billion last year, a nearly quadrupling in the last five years. In the first half of this year, bilateral trade reached US$1.89 billion.
In his speech at the seminar, Deputy Prime Minster Nguyen Thien Nhan said Vietnam is keen to expand cooperation with India in education, science, and information and communications technology (ICT).
Viet Nam and India share many common aspects in their histories and their strategic partnership has grown strong over the years. However, both nations are still far from matching their cooperation potential. The two sides should work together to increase their bilateral trade turnover to US$7 billion by 2015, he added.
Indian Ambassador to Viet Nam Ranjit Rae, said that the seminar brings together experts, researchers and scholars from both countries to deliberate on topical issues of mutual interest.
The seminar also focused on the emerging security architecture in the Asia-Pacific region and highlighted the strategic partnership between India and Viet Nam, particularly in bilateral political, national security and defense cooperation, trade, economics, and ICT.