PM Chính meets US business community

May 13, 2022 - 08:58

Cooperation activities between Việt Nam and the US continue to develop strongly in all fields, particularly in investment and finance, with businesses of the two countries playing a very important role, said Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính.


Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính meets US investors and business leaders in Washington DC on May 12 (US time). — VNA/VNS Photo 

WASHINGTON DC — Cooperation activities between Việt Nam and the US continue to develop strongly in all fields, particularly in investment and finance, with businesses of the two countries playing a very important role, said Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính.

He was speaking during a meeting with the US business community in Washington DC on May 12 (US time), as part of the Vietnamese leader’s trip to the US.

The meeting was held by the US-ASEAN Business Council and the US Chamber of Commerce. 

PM Chính affirmed that Việt Nam always considers the US as a leading, important partner.

He said the impressive growth of bilateral trade of between 17-20 per cent a year proves that there remains ample room for economic development between the two countries.

Việt Nam is the ninth largest trading partner of the US. Two-way trade turnover between the two countries in 2021 reached nearly US$112 billion in spite of difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the PM said.

PM Chính added that Việt Nam is focusing on technology renovation, digital transformation and diversification of the supply chain. 

The economies of Việt Nam and the US have much potential and strengths that can support each other. On that basis, there are many things that the two countries need to do to benefit people and businesses. 

PM Chính said the world is undergoing many changes with opportunities, advantages and challenges intertwining.

Việt Nam is currently implementing the policy of safe and flexible adaptation and effective control of the pandemic, gaining a positive change from a negative economic growth rate in the third quarter of 2021 to a positive growth rate of more than 5 per cent in the first quarter of 2022. 

The macro economy is stabilised and major balances are guaranteed and although the capital market meets difficulties it is still seeing positive growth.

The PM also spoke of how Việt Nam is focusing on infrastructure development, particularly strategic transport infrastructure, climate change prevention, digital transformation, pandemic prevention and control, healthcare and education infrastructure and administrative reform.

Việt Nam was named among the world’s top 20 host economies for foreign direct investment, according to UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the PM said, adding that with support from international friends, the country aims to become a developing country with developed industry by 2025, a developed country with modern industry and upper middle income by 2030 and a high income country by 2045.

In order to fulfil the targets, Việt Nam continues to build an independent, self-reliant, proactive and active economy with practical and effective international integration, the PM said, adding that Việt Nam wants the US and other important partners, particularly US businesses, to support the country in this issue.

He reiterated Việt Nam’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralisation, for peace, friendship, cooperation and development; and being a trustworthy partner and an active and responsible member of the international community.

"I am willing to hold dialogue with anyone in the world about the economy of Việt Nam, about the democracy and human rights in Việt Nam," he said.

At the meeting, USABC President and CEO Ted Osius said Việt Nam creates conditions for the US business community to invest and do business in the country. 

US businesses consider Việt Nam as a strategic market so they pay special attention to the development of Việt Nam, particularly in digital transformation, green transformation and strategic infrastructure development, he added. 

Katherine Tai, US Trade Representative (USTR), affirmed that Việt Nam is one of largest trading partner of the US in ASEAN.

She said the USTR pays attention to creating a sustainable agriculture system basing on science and effective management; digital economy development; and support small- and medium-sized businesses. Therefore, the USTR wants to cooperate with Việt Nam in this field to help promote trade relations between the two countries.

At the meeting, PM Chính answered questions from US businesses about issues relating to digital transformation, pandemic prevention and implementation of COP26 commitments. He said Việt Nam is strongly implementing all of these issues and proposed the US support Việt Nam in building mechanisms, science technology, finance and human resources training.  

Regarding the Indo-Pacific economic framework, PM Chính affirmed that Việt Nam is willing to work with the US in analysing, evaluating, clarifying and concretising its contents such as supply chains, digital transformation, climate change adaptation and other issues relating to tax and labour in order to cooperate for the benefits of the people of the two countries and for peace, cooperation and development in the region and the world.   

Representatives from the US businesses said that Việt Nam is an important partner in ASEAN and they will closely coordinate with Vietnamese businesses and authorities to boost investment efficiency. They also committed long-term investment in Việt Nam.

Minister calls for stronger ties between Qualcomm, Việt Nam’s tech firms

Minister of Information and Communications Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng expressed his hope for stronger partnerships between Qualcomm Incorporated and technology companies of Việt Nam while receiving an executive of the US firm in Washington DC on May 12.

The meeting with Alex Rogers, President of Qualcomm Technology Licensing and Global Affairs, took place as Hùng was accompanying Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính in his ongoing working visit to the US.

Hùng appreciated the group’s effective cooperation with Việt Nam’s technology businesses, noting that Vietnamese telecoms and digital technology companies are placing great trust in Qualcomm.

He thanked Qualcomm for joining the advisory group for the Vietnamese ministry’s steering committee on 6G development and said he hopes his ministry and Vietnamese digital technology companies’ cooperation with Qualcomm will reach new heights.

Việt Nam is working to establish laboratories to test 5G devices made by Việt Nam and other countries, so the ministry hopes Qualcomm will assist in setting standards and conducting tests for not only 5G, but also 6G devices, he added.

The minister also suggested Qualcomm help Vietnamese universities open training courses for telecom engineers.

For his part, Rogers voiced his delight that partnerships have helped Việt Nam’s telecoms industry develop.

He praised Việt Nam’s acceleration and vision for 6G technology development and pledged to deliver the minister’s recommendation on this issue to the head of his group’s technological development division.

At the event, the two sides discussed the possibility of enhancing joint projects, to capitalise on the advantages and technological strength of Vietnamese companies. They also agreed to speed up the research, development, and commercialisation of devices, especially 5G ones, so as to meet local demand and supply for global markets. — VNS