The new Ambassador of Argentina to Vanuatu, Hugo Javier Gobbi, has assured that Argentina will continue to strengthen its relationship with the Republic of Vanuatu.
He made the remarks shortly after presenting his letters of credence to the Acting Head of State, and Speaker of Parliament, Esmon Sai, at the State House in Port Vila this week.
Based in Canberra, Australia, Ambassador Gobbi, assures the Acting President, the Government and the people of Vanuatu that the links of friendship that already exist between Argentina and Vanuatu will be strengthened.
“Vanuatu is an important player in the Asia Pacific region,” he said.
“The growth rebound of the country’s economy after the impact of the Tropical Cyclone Pam in 2015, represents an opportunity to develop our bilateral relations in many areas, such as tourism, agriculture, and livestock.
“Geographical distance is in today’s global world is much less relevant than before and certainly not an impediment for closer cooperation between friendly countries.”
The Argentine Ambassador said he places importance of the relations between the two countries and it is why he is probably leading a delegation to Vanuatu in October this year, as part of a trade mission to the region from Mercosur-ASEAN Chamber of Commerce.
“In addition, we have recently concluded the negotiations on an Agreement for the Technical Cooperation between our two countries and we are eager to proceed to the signature of this Agreement in the near future,” he assured the Vanuatu Acting Head of State.
He went on to convey his country’s appreciation for the support of Vanuatu to the Argentine candidacy for Expo 2023 at the general assembly of the Bureau International des Exposition (BIE) held in Paris in November 2017.
In response, the Acting Head of State, Esmon Sai, described the relationship between Argentina and Vanuatu as “fruitful” after the establishment of formal diplomatic ties on 13, March 1983.
“Vanuatu will value greatly its mutual relationship and respect with the Government of Argentina and its people,” he said.
“Both countries have some common geographical characteristics, Vanuatu has a small population of 260,000 while Argentina has a large population of over 43.1 million with advance development in terms of industrialization.
“This of course provides opportunities for both countries especially Vanuatu, to explore trade opportunities with Argentina in the future.”
The Acting President said the Government of Vanuatu appreciates the significant development Argentina has made in ICT, including promoting the mainstream of ICT production sector.
He said both countries are committed to a strengthened partnership.