PM meets with Saudi minister
HA NOI (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday underlined the government's plans to grease the wheels of business so that Saudi Arabia's investors can thrive in Viet Nam.
Dung made the pledge during the meeting with Ibrahim Abdulaziz Alassaf, Finance Minister of Saudi Arabia and chairman of the Saudi Fund for Development, who is paying a working visit to Viet Nam.
Dung expressed his pleasure about the progress of the two countries' relations, which have brought mutual benefits.
He said he hoped the Saudi Fund for Development would bring more investment into the country and strengthen co-operation between the two nations in the fields of trade, investment and labour.
Finance Minister Ibrahim Abdulaziz Alassaf revealed the fund has signed agreements with Viet Nam's relevant agencies in investment projects for traffic infrastructure and vocational training.
He said the fund, finances projects in 74 countries would keep giving financial support, especially in the fields of infrastructure and energy.
He also expressed his hope the two sides will tighten its co-operation on petroleum and agriculture.
On the same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung also met with newly-appointed German ambassdor Jutta Frasch to Viet Nam.
He suggested that Germany would keep supporting Viet Nam in improving infrastructure, human resources, strengthening its relations with the European Union (EU) and negotiating the Free Trade Agreement with EU.
He hoped that the new ambassador would make efforts to raise the two countries' co-operation to a higher status, especially in the fields of economy, trade, investment, education and training.
Ambassador Jutta affirmed she would tightly co-ordinate with Viet Nam's relevant agencies to boost the two countries' strategic partnership relations, especially in implementing Germany's big projects in the country.
She hoped Viet Nam's government would create favourable conditions for her to accomplish the task during her working term in the country. — VNS