US seen as important strategic partner of VietnamFriday, December 13,2019
AsemconnectVietnam - Vietnam always considers the US to be one of the most important strategic partners in multiple fields, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at a reception in Hanoi on December 12 for a delegation from the US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) led by its Chairman Keith Williams.
Regarding Vietnam’s goal of achieving a balanced trade with the US, the Vietnamese cabinet leader suggested that the USABC should play a greater role in boosting bilateral ties and the flow of US investment into the Southeast Asian nation.
PM Phuc urged US enterprises to continue paying greater attention to the Vietnamese market by running direct or indirect investments in fields of Vietnam’s demand such as infrastructure, aviation and finance-banking.
He wished that the USABC would continue helping major US firms to embark on business trips to Vietnam next year when the country will undertake the role of ASEAN Chair, thus further stepping up the US-ASEAN trade and investment ties.
Williams, in turn, congratulated Vietnam on its achievements, including its successes at the freshly-ended 30th SEA Games and election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council and ASEAN Chair.
He said he is sanguine about about Vietnam’s gross domestic product growth and exports, and hoped that the USABC would partner with Vietnam in bolstering exports.
The USABC greatly values Vietnam’s successes in foreign direct investment attraction and desires to boost a balanced trade between the two countries, he said.
The USABC members said the US is ready to assist Vietnam in fulfilling the role of ASEAN Chair next year and they voiced support for the US to bolster ties with ASEAN member states, including Vietnam.
The USABC agreed to assist ASEAN in workforce, digital transformation and capacity improvement for ASEAN small and medium-sized enterprises, they added.
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