PM gives world business message of Vietnam as bright, promising destination
09:52 | 29/01/2007
VNGOVNet – For the first time, PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng and the Vietnamese delegation attended the world's biggest and most prestigious economic forum attracting great numbers of leaders of countries, international organizations and multinational syndicates - the World Economic Forum (WEF) - held on January 26–27 in Davos, Switzerland, known as the snowy city in Europe.


PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng and Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey - Photo: VNGOVNet

The first appearance at the forum of PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng representing the fast growing Vietnamese economy that posted a GDP growth rate of 8.2% in 2006 attracted great attention of people joining the WEF Davos 2007.

They wanted to know how Vietnam transformed itself from a centrally-planned and subsidized to market economy. So in the first day at WEF, speaking to nearly 50 leaders of the world leading multinational syndicates (CEO–BIG), PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng took the chance to promote Vietnam as a dynamic and effective economy in successful transition which is emerging an attractive destination for thousands of investors from all over the world. Many of the executives there called Vietnam as a bright and emerging economy full of potentialities for promising development.

After the talks, in the January 26 afternoon, Credit Suisse – one of the world’s leading banks of Switzerland – signed two separate loan arrangements with Vinalines and Vinashin for the development of Vietnam’s seagoing flotilla, the Vân Phong International Transit Seaport in the central province of Khánh Hòa, storage infrastructure, shipyards and shipbuilding support industries.

Meeting with journalists, economists, and politicians from hundreds of countries, Vietnamese PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, together with the Filipino President, the Malaysian PM, and the ASEAN Secretary-General, highlighted a dynamic ASEAN full of potentialities that has been playing an increasingly crucial role in the Asian and world economies. PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng truthfully said that although such big economies as Japan, China, and India play an important role in the world economy, they also put huge pressure on ASEAN economies and create challenges for them to meet. Therefore, ASEAN members must continuously renew themselves, use their own strengths and potentialities and unite together as a community to support each other for development. They also need to strengthen their bilateral cooperation with the world’s big economies. For example, Vietnam has over the past years been cooperating fruitfully with such economies as Japan and China.

By visiting Italy, meeting Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican Holy See, Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey, and executives of ten world leading syndicates, and attending the WEF, PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng and the Vietnamese delegation has left good impression in international friends about a dynamic Vietnam as a promising and attractive destination for investment.

By Xuân Hồng

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