Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko will pay an official visit to Vietnam from Wednesday to Saturday at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Monday.
This will be his first visit to the Southeast Asian country since he took office in June 2020.
The most recent visit to Vietnam by a Belarusian prime minister occurred in November 2011.
Vietnam and Belarus have maintained and strengthened their ties over the years, evidenced by frequent exchanges of delegations at all levels.
Since 1998, all leaders of Vietnam, including the Vietnamese Party general secretary, the state president, the prime minister, and the lawmaking National Assembly chairman, have made a visit to the East European nation.
Nguyen Phu Trong visited Belarus in 2009 when he served as chairman of the National Assembly, and again in 2014 in his capacity as Vietnam's Party chief.
The most recent visit by Vietnam’s high-ranking delegation was in December 2019. The delegation was led by then-Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.
Since 1997, Belarus has seen visits from the president, prime minister, deputy prime ministers, foreign minister, and chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus to Vietnam.
Minister of Internal Affairs of Belarus Ivan Vladimirovich Kubrakov took a working trip to Vietnam in April.
As part of his trip, he met with PM Chinh, conveying Belarusian Prime Minister Golovchenko’s invitation to the Vietnamese government leader.
Vietnam exports seafood, rubber, woodwork, footwear, textiles, rice, cashew nuts, pharmaceutical product,s and computers to Belarus, while buying dairy products, fertilizer, machines, automobile components, and chemicals from the latter.
Belarusian investors have been involved in the development of three projects in Vietnam, with a total pledged capital of US$32.2 million, while Vietnam has engaged in a project worth $810,000 in Belarus.