Chairpersons of the conference were Prof. PhD. Ta Ngoc Tan, Member of the Committee of the Communist Party of Viet Nam, President of Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics; Ms. Preeti Saran, Ambassador of the Republic of India to Viet Nam; Assoc. Prof. PhD. Le Van Toan, Director of the Centre for Indian Studies.
On his introductory report of the conference, Prof. PhD. Ta Ngoc Tan emphasized that Viet Nam – India relation was long lasted, was set firmly, was saved and developed by brilliant leaders as President Ho Chi Minh and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. In the 21st century, Viet Nam - India relationship is elevated comprehensively, performed by Memorandum of Understanding on Comprehensive Cooperation between the two countries, and high-level visits of leaders of the two countries.
In July 2007, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung visited India; the two countries set Memorandum of Understanding on Viet Nam - India strategic partnership. The Memorandum of Understanding highlighted agreements of the two governments that “comprehensive strategic partnership development” allowed the two sides to implement and expand development cooperation in all areas. Therefore, Viet Nam - India relationship is more than what mass media mentioned.
Trends of positive development in Viet Nam - India relationship originated from mutual desire of Viet Nam and India to bring prosperity for the two countries and build a South East Asia of peace, stability, and prosperity.
At the conference, Ambassador of the Republic of India to Viet Nam, H.E. Ms Preeti Saran believed that the conference would contribute to researches and necessity of promoting Viet Nam - India relationship.
“India and Vietnam share historical and civilisational linkages dating back centuries…. Ever since we elevated our relationship to a Strategic Partnership in 2007, our relationship has grown substantially. Our comprehensive cooperation covers different areas of cooperation including politics, defence, trade and investment, education, science and technology, culture and people to people contacts. Vietnam is our foremost partner in India’s Act East Policy. We believe that a strong India-Vietnam partnership is in the best interests of the people of both countries and also for peace, prosperity and stability in the region” – H.E Ms Preeti Saran confirmed.
“India and Viet Nam has a long friendship from centuries ago. Since this bilateral relation was elevated to Strategic Partnership in 2007, it developed outstandingly. Comprehensive cooperation between the two countries included many different areas such as politics, defense, commerce and investment for education, science and technology, culture and people exchange. Viet Nam is a prior partner in Look East Policy and Act East Policy of India. We believe that Viet Nam – India partnership is set in the best care of people from the two countries, for peace, prosperity and stability in the region and the world” – Ms. Preeti Saran confirmed.
Approximately 40 papers of 50 authors from outside and inside Viet Nam (including leaders, managers, scholars, businessmen of Viet Nam and India) sent to the conference were all focused on common problems and economics matters, especially highly regard economics on macroeconomics and microeconomics. Scholars and researchers deeply discussed on the context outside and inside Viet Nam, the importance of Viet Nam - India development cooperation; clearly assess the actual state of Viet Nam - India development cooperation on economics; deeply interpreted reasons, achievements as well as shortcomings of each side.
Scholars and scientists also carefully analyzed barriers of Viet Nam - India relation development such as: approaches in geo-politics, geo-economics; outside impacts on Viet Nam - India relationship; geographic distance and conditions of facilities, transportation infrastructure; legal framework and trade policy; mutual points and differences in culture and business customs; dynamic role of Viet Nam - India enterprises, to propose methods and recommendations, solutions to promote Viet Nam – India development in economics in the future.
(Centre for Indian Studies, HCMA)