Vietnam Ambassador proposes ‘rhino diplomacy’ to strengthen ties with Assam

GUWAHATI: Ambassador of Vietnam to India, Pham Sanh Chau also expressed his interest in developing deeper relation with Assam and engaging in ‘rhino diplomacy’ as one horned rhino is common to both Assam and Vietnam.

He also suggested the chief minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal to adopt an export driven growth model for the state’s economy as practiced by Vietnam for rapid economic development.

Sonowal on the other hand has proposed an exchange programme for farmers, start up entrepreneurs, scientists and students of  Assam and Vietnam every year so that people from both sides can benefit from the expertise and know-how in different fields.

Ambassador of Vietnam to India Pham Sanh Chau called on Sonowal at the latter’s office at Janata Bhawan  here on Wednesday and discussed various issues of mutual interest.

Stating that both Assam and Vietnam must explore opportunities of business and economic activities Sonowal proposed the exchange programme.

The Vietnamese ambassador responded favourably to this proposal and assured to take it up with his government on a priority basis.

The chief minister also expressed his satisfaction that the state’s farmers taken to Vietnam on an exposure trip last year have been able to utilise their experiences gained on the trip and increase their production.

“The visit to Vietnam Academy of Agriculture Sciences was also very enriching and the state’s farmers could get insight into the latest agricultural practices there,” he said.

“Your practice of adding value to the products supplied from our country like fish and making them suitable for European and other markets thereby making substantial profit is something that we must learn from and emulate. Today’s meeting should pave way for the dynamic relationship between Assam and Vietnam and a robust exchange programme for increased people to people contact,” the chief minister said.

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