|President Truong Tan Sang receives Chairman of the US-ASEAN Business Council Evan Greenberg and representatives of several US businesses in Ha Noi.— Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang said US businesses would continue to be Viet Nam's leading partners during a meeting with visiting Chairman of the US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) Evan Greenberg and representatives of several US businesses in Ha Noi yesterday.
He said he was delighted to see US entrepreneurs again following their meeting earlier this month at the 21st Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Bali, Indonesia.
The President spoke highly of the USABC's role in encouraging US agencies to partner with the Vietnamese side within the frameworks of the World Trade Organisation and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.
He suggested the council continue its efforts to bring the Vietnamese market closer to US businesses, pledging to create every favourable condition for US-ASEAN businesses to invest in the country in the long term.
In response, Evan Greenberg, who is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ACE Ltd, said he and the council wanted to bring more businesses to Viet Nam.
The US entrepreneur said Viet Nam had made a lot of progress in improving its investment environment, though he underlined the need for the country to perform better in several fields.
He voiced hope that Viet Nam would actively engage in the TPP negotiations, saying the agreement offered a good opportunity to enhance co-operation with the US and other partners.
Thanking President Sang for his active contributions to boosting the US-Viet Nam relationship, Evan Greenberg pledged to do his utmost to encourage US businesses to invest in the Southeast Asian country.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets with Vice Chairman of the US-ASEAN Business Council Keith Williams and representatives from some major US businesses in Ha Noi.— Photo Duc Tam
The same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung also met with Vice Chairman of the US-ASEAN Business Council Keith Williams and representatives from some major US businesses in Ha Noi.
Dung said the USABC's activities had contributed to fostering co-operation between Viet Nam and the US, especially in trade and investment.
The Viet Nam - US relationship was developing fruitfully in various fields, with the rapid increase of two-way trade that brought practical benefits to both sides, he added.
The PM thanked the USABC for its efforts to promote co-operation between the two nations and asked the council to support Viet Nam in negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).
For his part, Keith Williams said that the council's first meeting in Viet Nam showed that US businesses attached importance to long-term investment in the Southeast Asian nation.
This was an important milestone in the context that the parties were preparing for the conclusion of the TPP negotiations, he said, adding that successful negotiations would boost co-operation between Viet Nam and the US, especially in trade and investment. — VNS