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Sunday, 26 November 2017

Presidential Couple to visit Vietnam. Economy, education co-op on agenda

Between November 27 and 30, Polish President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda will pay an official visit to Vietnam. A key focus of the visit is boosting Polish-Vietnamese economic and academic ties.


During the 4-day stay in the Asian country, Andrzej Duda is scheduled to meet Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Secretary General of the Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong.


As the Polish head of state's top aide Krzysztof Szczerski underlined, the president is accompanied by a delegation of 65 entrepreneurs, who will participate in a Vietnamese-Polish economic forum as well as hold business meetings with Vietnamese partners.


It was the Polish government which had singled out the Asian country as one of the five key and most promising destinations for Polish exports, the presidential aide explained.


Moreover, several bilateral inter-governmental agreements are set to be signed during the visit, notably one between Poland's Science and Higher Education Minister Jaroslaw Gowin and the Education Minister of Vietnam.


Foremost, among the planned economic deals, is the inter-governmental agreement on financial cooperation. According to Krzysztof Szczerski, Warsaw has agreed to lend Ho Chi Minh City USD 250 million, which Vietnam will spend on buying Polish products.


Several business agreements are also expected to be penned during Andrzej Duda's visit.


In addition, the president will attend the Vietnamese-Polish economic forum and deliver a speech on bilateral economic relations, before attending the ceremony to open Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH)'s office in Ho Chi Minh City. The office will seek to promote Polish business by organising economic missions as well as devising promotional and media campaigns.


The presidential aide noted Vietnam had opened up its economy in recent years, attracting outside investors and dynamically increasing foreign trade. As a result, it has become one of Asia's fastest-growing countries, with GDP expanding by 6.1 percent in 2016.


Continuing in this vein, Ho Chi Minh City's trade agreement with the European Union is planned to take effect in 2018.


Besides such matters, Andrzej Duda will also speak to Vietnamese leaders about security policy, especially in the context of Poland's membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) from 2018 to 2019.


Finally, the president is scheduled to meet Vietnamese alumni of Polish universities, as well as representatives of the Association for Vietnamese-Polish Friendship (TPWP), before decorating those who made an important contribution to the development of bilateral ties.


Vietnam recently played host to leaders of the countries making up the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), such as the presidents of the US, China and Russia.


Paying a visit to Ho Chi Minh City shortly afterwards, the Polish president will become the first foreign leader to arrive in Vietnam since that APEC summit, Krzysztof Szczerski concluded. (PAP)

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