Prime Minister says willing to collaborate for specific forum on Vietnam
10:55 | 27/01/2007
VNGOVNet – On the occasion of attending the World Economic Forum (WEF), PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng on January 26 talked to Chief Executive Officers of big world economic groups (CEO–BIG) and met Prof. Klaus Schwab, WEF President, and international journalists.


PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng meets AXA executives (France) – Photo: VNGOVNet

Watchers on WEF say the presence of nearly 50 executives of world leading economic syndicates at the meeting with the Vietnamese Prime Minister showed their huge interest in investment and business opportunities in Vietnam after the country joining WTO. This was the first meeting facilitated by WEF between the CEO-BIG and a Vietnamese PM. PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng briefed the CEOs of the main achievements gained by Vietnam during its renovation cause, especially in recent years, affirming the Vietnamese Government's commitment to creating every favorable condition for world groups and corporations to do business and make investment in Vietnam. Executives from such syndicates as AXA (France), Credit Suisse (Switzerland), BP (UK), Motorola (US) and Vodafone (Germany) made speeches calling the Vietnamese economy full of development prospects as “a bright spot in the Asian sky” and expressing desire to do cooperation and investment in Vietnam.


PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng speaks to international press – Photo: VNGOVNet

Meeting with international journalists covering WEF, PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng satisfied them by answering their questions relating to the dynamic Vietnamese economy and took this opportunity to sell Vietnam’s socio-economic and external policies, its orientations of development, listed areas of priority for incentives, labor regimes and the working pool.

Talking with WEF President, Prof. Klaus Schwab, PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng was told that Vietnam stands as one of the most dynamic economies with a bright outlook in Asia. Thanking the President for his good sentiments towards Vietnam, the PM said to him that “Vietnam is willing to collaborate with the World Economic Forum in organizing specific forums on Asian and Vietnamese economies”.

In the afternoon of the same day, PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng witnessed the signing ceremony of a loan arrangement worth US$ 700 million between the Swiss bank Credit Suisse - named the best foreign investment bank in Vietnam by Finance ASIA - and the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (Vinashin) and another deal of US$ 1 billion between the bank and the Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines).

Later in the same afternoon, PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng and his delegation attended the Special Plenary Meeting to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the first ASEAN forum at WEF to be attended a Vietnamese PM. PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng's short address at the forum won the audience's warmly applause for displaying Vietnam’s viewpoints on world economic and trade issues, the role played by ASEAN in coordinating and making policies regarding regional and international development and the services Vietnam has made to ASEAN’s growth./.

By Hoàng Nguyên Hồ

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