The President of Vietnam Visits Finland

The economic, trade, and investment cooperation between Finland and Vietnam has seen positive developments. The trade between the countries has reached a value of almost 230 million US Dollars and direct Finnish investments in Vietnam came to more than 60 million US Dollars in 2009.

The two countries are also working together when it comes to education. Currently, around 500 Vietnamese are studying in Finland and in 2006, the Finnish Foreign Ministry selected Vietnam as the sole Asian nation to benefit from the second phase of its North-South-South education exchange program.

There are several fields with a great potential for cooperation and development between the two, and two years ago, Vietnam was the first and only country outside Europe to send guest workers to Finland under a pilot cooperation model called “immigration labour”.

Finland pledged US$49.58 million in ODA to Vietnam for the year 2010, bringing the total to US$400 million.

The Vietnamese leader is accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem, Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and other senior officials.

Even before entering Finland, President Triet visited members of the Vietnamese delegation to the United Nations, the World Trade Organsiation and other international organisations in Geneva.

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