NA Chairwoman: Vietnam treasures ties with the US

VOV.VN - National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan affirmed Vietnam’s external policy of treasuring ties with the US at a reception for US Senator Patrick Leahy, Vice Chairman of the US Committee on Appropriations in Hanoi on April 18.

Vietnam desires to foster their bilateral comprehensive partnership in a more practical and effective way, Ngan said while hailing the US’ important role in maintaining peace, stability, cooperation, and prosperity in the region and the wider world.

The top Vietnamese legislator said she is happy to see US President Donald Trump visited Vietnam twice since the beginning of his tenure alongside the exchange of high-level visits as a contribution to fostering all-round Vietnam-US relations. 

She said she hopes that during the visit, both sides would discuss ways to promote relations between the two countries and, in particular, between the Vietnamese National Assembly and the US Senate. 
Ngan also lauded the growing Vietnam-US ties across politics, economy, trade-investment, science-technology, culture-education, and national defence-security. The US is also one of the top destinations chosen by Vietnamese youth for further studies and Vietnam always considers the US one of its most important trade partners.

Political stability and social safety and order are contributory factors to the greater attraction of foreign investors. Foreign direct investment (FDI) attraction is one of the bright spots in Vietnam’s economic landscape with the world’s leading corporations in the country, Ngan said. 

With access to 12 free trade agreements (FTAs), Vietnam is fine-tuning its policies and laws, while building key infrastructure for national development, she said. 

Leahy, in turn, showed a desire to learn about Vietnam’s current policies as well as bilateral cooperation opportunities in the time ahead.
During the meeting, the two sides also discussed issues on gender equality; labour; start-ups, FDI attraction in the high-tech industry, agriculture, electronics, digital technology, and clean energy. 

Some US senators affirmed their nation’s readiness to partner with Vietnam in its development process, noting that although the US has not joined the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, they hoped an exclusive FTA between Vietnam and the US could be conceived in the future.