A forum, themed “Vietnam: opportunity for tourism, trade and investment”, took place in Malaysia ’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur on May 5 to further strengthen cooperation in these fields between Vietnam and Malaysia.
Co-organised by the Vietnamese Embassy and the Vietnam Airlines office in Malaysia , the forum drew over 100 delegates from Malaysia ’s leading businesses and tourism companies and Vietnam ’s travel agencies, including Pitaberry, Chin Huat, Polar Ice Cream, HG Travel and I-travel Indochina.
Addressing the forum, Vietnamese Ambassador to Malaysia Nguyen Hong Thao said that Vietnam-Malaysia cooperative relations in trade, tourism and investment continue to show positive growth, but did not yet correspond to the two countries’ potential and aspirations. The forum aims to boost tourism promotion, presenting opportunities and preferential investment policies to increase the number of tourists between the two countries, while strengthening two-way trade to raise bilateral turnover to 10 billion USD.
The Ambassador expressed hopes that Malaysia ’s corporations and companies would continue strengthening their presence in Vietnam , believing that they will achieve more success.
Acting Director General of Tourism Malaysia Haji Azizan Noordin highly valued Vietnam ’s potential in tourism, affirming that Vietnam is one of 15 leading tourism markets of Malaysia . He also expressed his hope that the two countries’ trade cooperation will develop more strongly.
Also at the forum, Vietnamese commercial counsellor Vu Van Canh said that bilateral trade has increased annually by an average 20 percent in recent years. In 2011, two-way trade reached 6.66 billion USD, in which Vietnam ’s export turnover to Malaysia achieved 2.76 billion USD.
In terms of investment, Malaysia ranks second in ASEAN countries and eighth among 90 nations and territories investing in Vietnam , with 404 projects and a total registered capital of 11.09 billion USD.
After the forum, delegates had a chance to enjoy a special programme performed by Vietnamese artists and Vietnamese food and drinks like nem (Spring roll), pho (noodles) and Trung Nguyen coffee./.