Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (R) receives Swedish Trade Minister Ann Linde in Hà Nội yesterday. — Photo VGP
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam attaches great importance to developing broad relations with Sweden, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc told Swedish Trade Minister Ann Linde and a delegation of Swedish businesses in Hà Nội yesterday.
Phúc said the Vietnamese Government has sped up the improvement of the business and investment environment to attract investors, including those from Sweden.
He said the up-coming signing of the Việt Nam-EU free trade agreement would open up more co-operation opportunities for business communities of the two countries.
The Government leader noted that relations between Việt Nam and Sweden are developed in all fields, but the economic co-operation remains modest. Two-way trade between the two countries is still failing to meet its potential, reaching just US$1.2 billion a year, he said, urging the two sides to continue speeding up co-operation in order to significantly boost that figure.
Swedish Minister Linde affirmed that Sweden would further strengthen co-operation with Việt Nam, particularly in the fields of health, education, science and technology, economy, trade, and investment.
She said she was accompanied by the delegation with the biggest ever number of businesses seeking investment and co-operation opportunities in Việt Nam. — VNS