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Vietnam-EU co-operative ties continue growing

As the Vietnamese economy expands, there will be more opportunities for co-operation between Vietnam and the EU, Professor Ari Kokko of the Stockholm School of Economics told a Vietnam News Agency reporter at a function to mark the end of an European Studies Programme in Hanoi on Friday.

As the Vietnamese economy expands, there will be more opportunities for co-operation between Vietnam and the EU, Professor Ari Kokko of the Stockholm School of Economics told a Vietnam News Agency reporter at a function to mark the end of an European Studies Programme in Hanoi on Friday.

He added that "Vietnam is moving into the areas where European companies are strong such as machinery and infrastructure. Vietnam has enormous potential, natural resources, agricultural products and low labour costs. I really hope there will be efforts on both sides to exploit the potential."

The three-year programme, for which his school was a sponsor, together with Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, and Sciences Po in Paris, France, aimed to promote European studies in Vietnam, and through which help to boost relations between the EU and Vietnam.

Prof. Kokko regretted that the programme had been so short. "Three years is not a long time when we are thinking of establishing lasting relations in research of information and culture between the EU and Vietnam."

However, he said he will continue working intensively with Vietnam over the coming year. "The programme has laid a good base and strengthened contacts."

Mr Kokko said that thanks to the programme, the Vietnamese people's awareness of the EU is getting better and "I've been excited by the number of young people involved in the programme. I have lectured at many universities and the turnout of students has always been good. They were enthusiastic and asked good questions. Those questions indicate that they are aware of Vietnam's increasing international role and its relationship with Europe, even before coming to the lecture. I think that is a good sign."

Given the EU's recent admission of former Soviet countries, where many Vietnamese were given undergraduate and graduate education, he said, Vietnam has an advantage over other countries in Southeast and East Asia and "this gives Vietnam a VIP entrance into the EU."

Mr Kokko affirmed the EU's strong support for Vietnam's WTO membership. "There are good possibilities for accession or at least agreement by the end of next year. I look forward to seeing Vietnam join this international body."

Nhan Dan - (13/11/2004)


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