||Asean Affairs 19 June 2013
Vietnam, Italy step up financial ties
Vietnamese Deputy Finance Minister Do Hoang Anh Tuan is on a visit to Italy from June 15-20 to seek stronger ties with Italy's Ministry of Economy and Finance.
At a working session with Italian Deputy Minister of Economy and Finance Stefano Fassina on June 17, deputy minister Anh said he hopes the two countries' Governments and finance ministries will set out concrete plans of action to increase economic links in general and cooperation in finance-customs, tax and debt management in particular.
He urged the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance to play an active role in promoting the friendship between the two countries.
The Vietnamese Deputy Minister spoke highly of Italy's economic cooperation with Vietnam. He expressed hope for more direct investment from Italy in Vietnam, adding that the Vietnamese finance ministry will create favourable, equal and transparent conditions for Italian businesses who want to operate in Vietnam.
In reply, the Italian Deputy Minister appreciated Tuan's visit saying that it is a step to realise agreements reached by the two countries' high-ranking leaders earlier this year.
The Vietnamese delegation is scheduled to have working sessions with experts at the Italian ministry. The two sides hope the sessions will map out measures to fulfill bilateral cooperation programmes in the time to come.