Vietnam welcomes Sri Lankan businesses

HANOI, Nov 21 (AsiaPulse) - The Vietnamese Government will create the possible best conditions for Sri Lankan and Vietnamese businesses to approach investment and trade opportunities.

State President Truong Tan Sang made this affirmation at a reception for Asoka Hettigoda, President of the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, in Hanoi.

He said he hopes the two countries' businesses will take advantage of cooperative opportunities to raise export and import value and increase two-way trade to US$1 billion by 2015.

Hettigoda said that in addition to studying the market, the visit aims to promote long-term investment in Vietnam.

Sri Lankan businesses want to find out about cooperative opportunities in the fields of garment, gemstone, healthcare, rubber and timber trading, machinery and tourism in which Vietnam has experience, Hettigoda said.

He expressed his desire to promote relations between the two countries' businesses through support policies, adding that in the short term, Sri Lanka will invite Vietnamese enterprises to participate in a trade fair and exhibition to be held in the country next year.

The same day, a meeting between Viet

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