|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (right) receives United Nations Resident Co-ordinator Pratibha Mehta in the Government Office yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam highly values the United Nations (UN)'s work on peace and development, two pillars that raise the UN's position in the world, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
He made the statement while receiving a delegation of heads of UN organisations stationed in Viet Nam yesterday. It was led by UN Resident Co-ordinator Pratibha Mehta, to mark UN Day.
He said he looked forward to further UN support in fulfilling Viet Nam's development goals, adding that his country would strive harder to fulfill them.
Mehta said Viet Nam was coping well with global economic downturn,in maintaining macro-economic stability, curbing inflation, reducing poverty, ensuring social security and social welfare, healthcare provisions and shortening the development gap between rural and urban areas.
She said UN organisations in Viet Nam would spare no efforts to deepen relations between the UN and Viet Nam.
Boosting Swiss ties
On the same day, Dung recieved the head of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, Johann N.Schneider-Ammann.
He said Viet Nam wanted to bolster stronger trade and investment ties with Switzerland.
Dung said he hoped the European nation would continue providing Viet Nam with more development assistance packages.
He said Viet Nam was willing to work on a bilateral free-trade agreement to enable Swiss firms to operate smoothly in Viet Nam.
Schneider-Ammann said his visit aimed to strengthen links in economics, trade and investment, adding that he hoped the free-trade agreement would soon materialise so enterprises would find it easier to do business in either country.
At a reception hosted by National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Schneider-Ammann said he was accompanied by 17 Swiss firms working in machinery engineering, finance, banking and watch-making and two State Governors, all of them keen to further trade and investment with Vietnamese partners.
For her part, Ngan voiced hope that Switzerland would continue assisting Viet Nam in the areas of its strengths like finance, banking and high technology.
She said parliamentary cooperation was one of the most effective co-operation channels as bilateral ties were currently blossoming, especially in economics, trade, investment, education and training. — VNS