HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam – Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri underlined on Thursday the importance of the agriculture and innovation sectors to reinforce economic and commercial ties with Vietnam.
Macri was speaking at the Argentina-Vietnam Business Forum held at the Hotel Melia Hanoi on the last day of his two-day visit to the Asian country.
“We want to consolidate these ties of affection and mutual respect, expanding trade and cooperating in strategic sectors such as innovation and food production,” said the visiting president.
Moreover, Macri underlined that Vietnam was Argentina’s fifth-largest trading partner in the world and second-largest in Asia.
“Asia is the region that can help us the most in the growth of trade and investments, and Vietnam is an increasingly important partner to project ourselves,” he said.
Macri was addressing business people from both countries – among them 60 from Argentina – and urged them to interact among themselves and find fields where they complement one another.
The Argentine leader also called for an increase in exchanges in the field of communications, and offered the technological advances of his country to help Vietnam produce more food.
He also opened the door for collaboration in the development of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, exploring opportunities for exchanges in the field of defense, and proposed opening up Argentine soccer schools in Vietnam.
Macri arrived in the Vietnamese capital on Tuesday night from the Indian city of Mumbai.
He began Wednesday by laying a wreath at the Monument to National Heroes and Martyrs and another at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. He also met with top Vietnamese officials and was invited to a banquet by Nguyen Phu Trong, Vietnam’s president and general-secretary of the ruling Communist Party.
Trade between Argentina and Vietnam has doubled in five years from $1.4 billion in 2013 to $2.9 billion in 2018, making Vietnam Argentina’s largest trading partner in Southeast Asia.
After the forum ends, the Argentine president will depart for Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, where he will conclude his Asian tour.