Bilateral relations between Việt Nam and the US had developed into a comprehensive partnership ahead of the two countries celebrating 25 years since the normalisation of diplomatic relations (1995-2020), said President of the Việt Nam-US Association Nguyễn Tâm Chiến.
Chiến was speaking at a meeting in Hà Nội on Thursday that aimed to promote exchange and co-operation among sectors, enterprises and organisations from both countries.
Chiến, who is a former deputy foreign minister, said the seminar was expected to raise awareness of the importance of efforts to expand bilateral co-operation.
“The two sides should explore each other’s advantages to speed up exchange and co-operation in economic, trade, investment, culture and education projects, as well as other spheres,” Thắng said.
“Our efforts in any industry, whether it be business or human resource training, information technology or marine aquaculture, or exploiting new resources to jointly address humanitarian issues left from the war… are all aimed at mutual benefits,” Thắng added.
Vice counselor of the economic section at the US Embassy in Việt Nam, James Bagert, said the US Government expected to help Việt Nam to create a safe and peaceful environment with a fair trade system.
He expressed his hope for Việt Nam to become a reliable partner of the US in the region, and for the two sides to reach common goals to bolster bilateral trade ties.
To achieve those goals, enterprises were seen as the foundation for co-operation development between the two sides.
Annual two-way trade between Việt Nam and the US has hit US$60 billion through investment and business co-operation between hundreds of enterprises, of which US firms are providing many job and education opportunities for Việt Nam.
Bagert said Việt Nam’s economic growth was about 7 per cent per year, and the demand for energy was increasing. The US investment flows and technologies had supported Việt Nam in building sustainable energy systems.
He said the US Embassy would continue to assist Vietnamese firms in seeking suitable partners in the US.
At the seminar, participants also focused on the difficulties and advantages facing businesses, and offered solutions to strengthen co-operation between the two countries’ enterprises.