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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh pays official visit to US

(VNA-11/02/2012) - A senior delegation from the Vietnamese Government, headed up by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh, paid an official visit to the US from Feb. 7-11.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh and US Secretary of Commerce John Bryson (Source:VNA)

While in Washington , Deputy PM Ninh met separately with President pro-tempore of the US Senate Daniel Inouye, Senator Jim Webb, US Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, World Bank (WB) President Robert Zoellick and Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Naoyuki Shinohara.

At the meetings, both parties said they are pleased at the development of Viet Nam-US ties in recent times and discussed ways of boosting bilateral ties in several areas, especially in trade, investment, science and technology, education and training.

Deputy PM Ninh recommended that the US Government recognises Viet Nam's market economy in the near future; grant Viet Nam access to the country’s Generalized System of Preference (GSP), and most importantly remove trade barriers imposed on key Vietnamese exports such as “tra” and “basa” fish, shrimp, honey and wind turbine towers.

He asked the US to continue with progress in helping Viet Nam to deal with remaining war issues, especially projects to clean-up the environment and support Agent Orange victims.

The Vietnamese Deputy PM underlined Viet Nam ’s active international integration policies and said that the country will continue to negotiate positively with the US and other partners on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. He also asked the US to ensure Vietnamese interests during TPP negotiations.

The US replied that it is keen to enhance ties with Viet Nam towards strategic partnership, and will to continue step up cooperation in trade, investment, science-technology, education and training, as well as working closely with Viet Nam at multilateral, regional forums, including ASEAN, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the East Asia Summit (EAS).

They also expressed hope that both parties will soon solve the outstanding difficulties with certain trade links and join in efforts to complete negotiations for the TPP.

The WB and IMF officials stated that Viet Nam is one of their leading partners and said that they are pleased with the relationship they have with the country.

They acknowledged that the WB and IMF have supported the Vietnamese Government’s measures to control inflation and stabilise the macro-economy while restructuring the overall economy, agreeing that Viet Nam needs to continue with those measures in 2012.

They stated that they believe Viet Nam ’s economy will develop positively and pledged to step up cooperation with Viet Nam bilaterally and multilaterally.

The WB leader asked the Vietnamese government to speed up the disbursement of capital to projects with support from the WB under the WB-funded Financial Sector Assessment Programme.

While in Washington , Deputy Ninh also attended talks on Viet Nam-US economic relations with the heads of several major US groups, who acknowledged Viet Nam ’s efforts to stablise its macro-economy and said they were optimistic about the prospect of increased investment and trade with Viet Nam .

The Deputy PM discussed Viet Nam’s key development policies for the near future and pledged to continue to create the best possible environment for foreign investors, including those from the US./.
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