PM meets leaders of Apple, Google, Boeing and Siemens in New York

September 22, 2023 - 12:02
Representatives from the US firms described Việt Nam as an important market and expressed their hope to expand business operation in the Southeast Asian country.
Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính had a meeting with Apple's Senior Director for Global Government Affairs Nick Ammann in New York. — Photo

NEW YORK — Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính hosted separate receptions in New York on September 21 for leaders of several US corporations as part of his trip to attend the high-level week of the UN General Assembly’s 78th session.

During separate meetings with representatives from Apple, Boeing Company, Google and Siemens Healthineers, the PM reiterated his commitment to create favourable conditions for US enterprises to operate effective business in Việt Nam.

Chính suggested that Apple continue to expand investment in Việt Nam, increase the local content and work as a bridge for US firms and Apple's partners to invest ịn Việt Nam. He hoped that Apple will turn Việt Nam into an important link in its supply and production chain.

PM Chính and Brendan Nelson AO, senior vice president of The Boeing Company and president of Boeing Global. — VNA/VNS Photo Dương Giang

Meanwhile, he asked Boeing to expand its manufacturing and supply chain in Việt Nam and soon build its maintenance facility in the country while supporting Vietnamese partners in personnel training and technology transfer so that they can participate deeper in Boeing's supply chain.

PM Chính and Karan Bhatia, Global Head of Government Affairs & Public Policy at Google. — VNA/VNS Photo

The Vietnamese government leader called for Google's continued support for Việt Nam's national innovation centre and cooperation in digital transition training for Vietnamese firms as well as in human resources development to meet the demand of the corporation's production and value chain in the country.

With Siemen Healthineers, a German company which provides healthcare solutions and services, PM Chính asked the group to soon invest in the production of hi-tech medical equipment in Việt Nam, increase technology transfer to Vietnamese partners and pay more attention to social security in remote areas in Việt Nam.

He pledged that competent authorities will work to study cooperation with the US enterprises, and support them to carry out projects in Việt Nam in the spirit of “harmonised benefits and shared risks” as well as ensuring legitimate rights of the State, people and businesses, he stressed.

Representatives from the US firms described Việt Nam as an important market and expressed their hope to expand business operation in the Southeast Asian country. They asked the Vietnamese Government to continue support them in terms of facilitation of legal frameworks and policies.

On the occasion, PM Chính witnessed the exchange of investment agreements between firms of the two countries in the fields of industrial park development, green growth support, production and distribution of pharmaceuticals, and human resources training in semi-conductor.

Also on the day, PM Chính had a luncheon with several major US investors, during which he affirmed that Việt Nam always rolls out red carpet for foreign investors, including those from the US.

Việt Nam will accompany and provide support for the investors by completing the socialist-oriented market economy, developing infrastructure and human resources, as well as pushing ahead with administrative reform, he said.

He noted that Việt Nam will prioritise investments in the fields of innovation, green economy, digital economy, circular economy, sharing economy, semi-conductor, and new and renewable energy, among others.

Meanwhile, the US investors expressed their delight over the sound Việt Nam-US relations, which have been developed in a practical and effective fashion, with the economic-trade-investment cooperation having an important role to play.

A lot of measures were discussed at the meeting, helping concretise the targets that both nations have set during the state visit to Việt Nam by President Joe Biden.

Roundtable with scholars

PM Chính and professors and scholars from universities in the northeast region, including Harvard University, Columbia University, New York University and Yale University at the roundtable in New York. — VNA/VNS Photo

The same day, PM Chính chaired a round-table talks with professors and scholars from universities in the northeast region, including Harvard University, Columbia University, New York University and Yale University.

At the event, PM Chinh informed the participants of the Việt Nam-US relations, highlighting the upgrade of the ties to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for peace, cooperation and sustainable development, with the US respecting Việt Nam's political institution, independence and territorial integrity and supporting a strong, independent resilient and prosperous Việt Nam.

He also stressed the importance of Việt Nam's recent economic achievements despite complicated developments in the world, while pointing out several hindrances of the economy such as slow recovery of industrial production, inflation under pressure, and bottlenecks in corporate bond markets and realty market.

Việt Nam always treasures the sound collaboration and valuable support from the US partners, and wants to continue receiving assistance from the US education establishments in education training and policy consultancy, the PM said.

US scholars and leaders from the Vietnamese ministries, branches and sectors discussed measures to help Việt Nam develop new growth momentums, enhance its resilience and competitive edge.

They highly valued Việt Nam's ability to handle crisis such as COVID-19, global economic recession, and disruption of supply chain.

They pointed to challenges faced by the world and Việt Nam in particular, such as strategic competition, diseases, climate change, shrinking agricultural land and low productivity, and suggested Việt Nam sharpen focus on key growth pillars, including exports, investments, consumption, and attraction of high-quality investment.

Việt Nam should work to complete its institutions, develop digital infrastructure, and better innovation capacity while paying due heed to improving high-quality human resources, they added.

Chính welcomed the US scholars’ suggestions, describing they are practical for Việt Nam's outlining of socio-economic development policy. — VNS