VOV.VN - Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh visited tech giants Intel, Apple and Google in Silicon Valley on May 17 as part of his ongoing trip to the United States at the invitation of US President Joe Biden.
At the meeting held alongside the Vietnamese Government leader, Keyvan Esfarjani, executive vice president of Intel, underlined the significant role of the nation as part of the company's supply chains and highlighted Intel Vietnam’s highest quality award in 2021 as an indication of their excellent human resources.
Esfarjani also highly regards the country’s favourable infrastructure and its skilled workforce, describing the Vietnamese market as a potential destination for tech firms to expand their operations, especially when firms such as Intel seek to diversify their supply chains.
PM Chinh therefore congratulated Intel on its achievements and thanked the corporation for its investments in the nation. He affirmed that the country has been working on Intel’s proposals and hoped that the corporation would invest more in other provinces beyond Ho Chi Minh City.
Meeting with Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, the Vietnamese Government leader underlined co-operation in trade, investment, and finance as the driving force for a robust US-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership.
He added that the Vietnamese Government is fully committed to creating a fair, transparent, and market-based business environment to help US firms and investors gain ground in the Vietnamese market.
He said local customers of all ages love Apple products and their interest would continue to rise thanks to the growth of the global digital economy.
He also showed his elation at the fact that the country has become more involved in global supply chains. Although Apple doesn't directly have a plant in the nation, the country has 31 companies with 160,000 workers that are producing and assembling electronic parts and equipment for Apple products.
He therefore requested that the corporation continue to ramp up its business activities in Vietnam and introduce its products to a wide range of customers, stating his hope the country will soon become Apple's model market in Asia.
In response, Cook thanked Vietnam for creating a favourable business environment for Apple's operations. He noted that the company is keen to extend its supply chains throughout the country and involve capable domestic firms in Apple's supply chains.
The CEO also affirmed that he would consider increasing the number of domestic suppliers and move to raise the rate of domestic products used in production lines.
He added that he hopes the Vietnamese Government will introduce even more favourable policies to encourage investments from high-tech US firms. During PM Chinh's visit to Google headquarters, Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of Devices and Services at Google, said the corporation desires to make greater contribution to the Vietnamese economic growth and a sustainable digital eco-system.
The Vietnamese leader was appreciative of co-operation between Google and Vietnam and welcomed Google's new plans amid digital transformation.
PM Chinh asked Google to continue to support the nation in high-tech fields and step up programmes that help local firms in the digital transformation process, thereby contributing to the development of digital government, digital economy, and digital society moving forward.