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Deputy PM pushes Swiss for investment

Update: August, 31/2012 - 09:27

GENEVA — The Vietnamese Government was always keen to listen to comments from Swiss investors, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said yesterday.

Addressing a meeting with 43 Swiss business people at the Swiss-Asian Chamber of Commerce in Zurich on Wednesday, Nhan said bilateral economic co-operation had brought positive developments despite the world's economic downturn and the European public-debt crisis.

He praised the chamber's efforts in backing Swiss businesses invest in Viet Nam and hoped it would lead to more opportunities.

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Nam Hai said two-way trade reached almost US$3 billion last year. Switzerland now had 89 investment projects in Viet Nam totalling almost $2 billion, ranking fourth among European nations and 19th among the 95 countries and territories investing in Viet Nam.

Chairman of the Swiss chamber's Viet Nam Committee, Adolf Meier, and Deputy PM Nhan said they believed future two-way trade would grow strongly.

Talking with a Viet Nam News Agency correspondent in Switzerland , Director of the HCM City-based TIM Investment and Management Consulting JSC, Marco Martinelli, said there was huge potential for investment in Viet Nam .

During their five-day tour to Switzerland, Nhan and his entourage are also scheduled to meet Swiss Economy Minister Johann Scheneider Ammann and Interior Minister Alain Berset. — VNS

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