People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)

Vol. XXX

No. 12

March 19, 2006

Vietnam Will Open Consular Office In Kolkata


IN discussion with Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, the chairman of the people’s council of Ho Chi Minh City agreed that in a bid to deepen contact between the Ho Chi Minh City and Kolkata, there was urgent need to open a consular office of Vietnam in Kolkata.  As a first step in this direction, Vietnam would open a commercial bureau in Kolkata very soon.


Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was recently in Vietnam at the invitation of the Ho Chi Minh City people’s council over March 2-5, 2006.


During the visit, discussions have led to several paths being opened for cooperation between Vietnam and Bengal.  Bengal would receive assistance from Vietnam for research work in food processing and marine food products. 


Bengal would provide technical assistance to Vietnam in information technology, especially software, and in biotechnology.


The Bengal chief minister was requested by the Ho Chi Minh City administration to ensure a direct flight between Kolkata and Ho Chi Minh City.  The matter will subsequently be taken up with the union government. (B P)