Vietnam fosters cooperation with Italian localities

Rome: Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Duong Hai Hung has visited Italy's Campania region and its capital city of Naples, aiming to promote Vietnam's comprehensive cooperation with the Italian localities. At his meetings with Campania President Vincenzo De Luca, Naples Mayor Gaetano Manfredi and Prefect of Naples Michele di Bari, Hung briefed the host on major cooperation activities of the embassy and Italian partners in Naples. He held that the two sides should further promote their comprehensive collaboration not only in politics but economy and especially culture. Leaders of Campania and Naples welcomed and showed support to Vietnam's cooperation proposals, affirming that Vietnam is a prioritised partner in its internationalisation scheme of the locality. They pledged to provide optimal conditions for local firms to explore the Vietnamese market, especially in the fields of aquaculture and culture, as well as mechanical manufacturing, space industry, supporting technology, food processing, and marine econ omic cooperation. Manfredi spoke highly of cooperation outcomes between the two sides across all fields, affirming that he will support the promotion of Vietnamese image through the city's public means, while coordinating with the Vietnamese side to organise film screenings and exhibitions about Vietnam, as well as promoting delegation exchanges and seeking cooperation opportunities with localities of Vietnam. At a Vietnam-Naples forum on economic and cultural connectivity held in Naples on January 30, Ambassador Hung said that Naples and Campania are important economic drivers of the Italian southern region with strengths in agriculture, pharmaceuticals and tourism, which can support Vietnam during the country's industrialisation and modernisation process. Naples Deputy Mayor Laura Lieto and Regional Minister for Startups, Innovation, Internationalisation of Campania Valeria Fascione highlighted the role of culture as a premise for international cooperation. Campania, owning a large number of UNESCO-reco gnised world cultural heritages, hopes to cooperate with Vietnam in heritage conservation, land and water resources management, they said. He welcomed enterprises of Naples and Campania to strengthen exchanges and partnership with their Vietnamese peers through the exchange of delegations and the joining of conferences and trade fairs in Vietnam as well as activities held by the embassy in Italy. During his trip from January 29-30, Ambassador Hung had a working session with Prof. Roberto Tottoli, Principal of the University of Naples "L'Orientale on specific cooperation activities such as the opening of a Vietnamese faculty in the university as well as the exchange of students and research cooperation with Vietnamese universities and research institutions./. Source: Vietnam News Agency