RELATIONS VIETNAM - POLAND:
The two countries established diplomatic ties on 2nd April 1950.1. PoliticsPoland made great contribution to Vietnam during the anti-French struggle and the anti-American struggle. Thousands of Polish army officers and staffs attended the International Committee right after the 1954 Geneva Agreement and the 1973 Paris Agreement came into effect in Vietnam.The two countries’ cooperation in the international forum is actively promoted. Currently, the two countries are committed to supporting each other for non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council in the next term.Over the past years, the two countries have frequently exchanged many high- ranking delegations at state, government and parliament levels. The two sides constantly promote direct cooperation among their departments, locals, and enterprises.Over the past years, Vietnam’s visits to Poland include those conducted by Foreign Minister (1992); Ministers of Justice (1993, 1998), Deputy Prime Minister Tran Duc Luong (1994), Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Dang Quan Thuy (1995), Minister of culture (1996), Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet (1997), Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Van Yeu (1999), Minister of Defense (5/2003), President Tran Duc Luong (10/2003) and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (9/2007).Polish leaders' visits to Vietnam: Deputy Prime Minister (1995), Spokesman of the Senate (1996, 2003), President (7/1999) and Prime Minister (1/2005).Vietnam and Poland have signed many cooperation agreements, including an agreement on cultural and scientific cooperation in 1992, an agreement on judicial assistance in 1993, an agreement on investment promotion and protection in 1994, an agreement on avoidance of double taxation in 1994, an agreement on marine transport in 1995, and an agreements on debt reduction for Vietnam for the 1991-1996 period; a cooperation agreement in areas of agriculture, rural development, agro product market; and an agreement on 2005-2008 education and training cooperation.2. Economic and tradeThe two countries maintain and develop traditional friendship cooperation in all areas on the basis of mutual benefit.Poland regards Vietnam as one of its important partners, helping Poland further enhance the relations with other Southeast Asian countries.The two countries wish to further promote development cooperation in areas of economic, trade and investment and complement each other in areas that two countries have strengths such as shipbuilding, mining, waterway traffic equipment, chemicals, national defense equipment and vestige restoration.Poland has granted ODA to Vietnam to train cadres, restoring the royal palace in Hue, the Cham towers in Binh Thuan, and the Cu Chi tunnels, upgrading several building projects that Poland helped Vietnam construct long time ago such as the Poland - Vietnam friendship hospital.The development of the bilateral economic and commercial relations has not matched potentials and wishes of the two countries. In recent years, the trade turnover has increased considerably.