Vietnam and Egypt hold great potential for cooperation in marine economy and tourism, according to Al Messa, one of the most prestigious Egyptian daily newspapers.
The assessment was made in an article published in the newspaper on July 20.
Author of the story Refat Khaled said during the visit to Egypt in last May, Vo Van Thuong, Politburo member and Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee, highlighted the growing relations between Vietnam and Egypt in all fields, especially after the historical visit to Vietnam by Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi in September 2017.
The President’s visit created a good foundation for the bilateral cooperation to grow in various spheres, particularly marine economy and tourism.
The article pointed to Egypt’s significant geo-strategic position, serving as the gateway between the three continents of Africa, Europe and Asia.
Meanwhile, Vietnam has great potential in sea-based economy development with 48 bays and more than 3,000 islands in the East Sea.
Regarding fishery resources, Vietnam is on the list of 20 most economically advantageous seas for marine fisheries in the world, with many species of high economic value.
Vietnam is also a popular destination for millions of foreign tourists with white beaches and world-renowned scenic sites in Ha Long, Nha Trang, Da Nang and Phu Quoc along the country’s 3,260 km long coastline.
In 2017, Vietnam welcomed 12 million international visitors, including tens of thousands of holidaymakers from Africa and Egypt in particular.
At the same time, an increasing number of Vietnamese people are also visiting Egypt – the country of pyramids.
According to the article, Vietnam and Egypt have signed nine cooperation agreements, including four relating to marine economy and tourism. This shows that the two sectors are the focuses and priorities for win-win cooperation.