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Aircraft and transport: Switzerland and Vietnam renew agreement

Direct connections without limits

A contract signed in Hanoi that revives that one of 40 years ago

After a first meeting in January 2017 during the "World Economic Forum" in Davos, Vietnamese transport minister Nguyen Van The and Swiss Federal Councilor Doris Leuthard signed today in Hanoi an agreement on air transport between their respective countries, taking into account the current needs in terms of international civil aviation renews a contract dating back to forty years ago.

"The previous agreement, in force since 1981, is no longer in compliance with the requirements of international civil aviation, and should therefore have been revised" a note issued today by the Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and communications (Datec) reported it. "The airlines of the two States will now be able to carry out direct flights between Switzerland and Vietnam without any limitations.This new Mou complies with the Federal Council's wish to liberalize the bilateral air transport agreements concluded by Switzerland as far as possible".

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also commented, underlining how his Nation wishes to promote friendship with Switzerland by trusting that the two Countries continue to strengthen cooperation in all sectors, especially trade and investments. The same concept was also expressed by Leuthard, accompanied in Hanoi by representatives of various Swiss companies in search of investment and business opportunities, particularly in the pharmaceutical field, according to the local press.

Sharing the hope of the Swiss official to speed up the conclusion of the negotiations for the Vietnam-EFTA free trade agreement, Prime Minister Phuc affirmed that stakeholders should soon sign the agreement. Together with the direct air link between Vietnam and Switzerland this year, the contract will determine great opportunities to promote the partnership in terms of investments, trade and tourism between the two parties.

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