HCMC – Vietnam’s National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue arrived in Dhaka on September 21 for an official Bangladesh visit aimed at stepping up bilateral ties between the two countries.
Hue’s visit at the invitation of Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Speaker of the Bangladeshi Parliament follows a five-year hiatus since the last high-level delegation from Vietnam visited Bangladesh in 2018 and six years since the Speaker of Bangladesh’s Parliament visited Vietnam in 2017.
The visit also marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Bangladesh. Over the years, relations between the two countries have expanded, encompassing political, economic and social cooperation.
During his stay, Hue is scheduled to hold talks with Bangladeshi leaders over ways to reinforce and expand cooperation in sectors such as legislative affairs, and people-to-people relations.
His itinerary includes participation in cultural, economic, and diplomatic activities, as well as meetings with the Vietnamese community in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh is Vietnam’s second-largest trading partner in South Asia, with bilateral trade reaching nearly US$1.5 billion in 2022, a significant increase from US$350 million in 2012. Both countries have exceeded their 2017 trade targets and are aiming for a trade volume of US$2 billion.
With a population of nearly 170 million, Bangladesh is a major market for Vietnam. Currently, Bangladesh has 18 active investment projects in Vietnam.
Both Vietnam and Bangladesh have been elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2023-2025 term and actively collaborate in various international forums.