Iceland President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson said Thursday his country would like to support and share its experience with Ho Chi Minh City in producing renewable energy and using high technology for fishing and food processing.
Vietnam News Agency reported that the visiting leader made the offer at a meeting with city people’s committee chairman Le Hoang Quan.
HCMC is the gateway for Iceland to enter into stronger collaboration with Vietnam and other Asian countries, he added.
Quan hoped that the visit by the Icelandic leader would help strengthen relations between the two countries and open up cooperation opportunities for the two sides, especially in fishing, renewables, and high technology.
While highlighting the fruitful political ties between Iceland and Vietnam, especially HCMC, Quan pointed out that the two sides have yet to fully tap their potential for cooperation in trade, investment, and technology.
He called on Iceland to soon open a trade office in HCMC to set this right.
He sought Iceland’s support to speed up a free trade agreement between Vietnam and the European Free Trade Association consisting of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.