Vietnam welcomes US firms amid global supply chain shifts: Ambassador
Vietnam hopes US firms with potential in technology,
professionalism, and capital will continue to select the country as an
attractive and safe destination for relocating business and supply
chains, Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Ha Kim Ngoc said on June 3.
At the event
He made the statement at an online discussion on
ASEAN’s response in the post-COVID-19 recovery phase. The discussion was
held by the Meridian International Centre in D.C. and was attended by
representatives from the US Department of State, a number of foreign
embassies, 30 US companies, and two large US business associations.
The Vietnamese Ambassador took the occasion to
update those in attendance on Vietnam’s positive outcomes in controlling
COVID-19 and the Government’s strong assistance to enterprises and workers.
In order to welcome shifts in global supply chains,
he went on, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc recently agreed to establish a
special working group to spur foreign investment attraction, including from
He said that apart from cooperation in medicine and
vaccine production, US businesses also possess advantages when investing in
Vietnam’s digital trade, infrastructure, and renewable energy sectors.
Participating US firms expressed their interest in
Vietnam, congratulated the country on its success in controlling the
pandemic, and praised its policy on opening up and recovering its economy.
They hoped that ASEAN and Vietnam will sustain
supply chains, particularly in medical products.
They also suggested Vietnam soon reopen its market
so that US companies can access the country and partners with potential.
Ambassador Ngoc and Philippine Ambassador Jose
Manuel Romualdez took the occasion to stress that ASEAN leaders had pledged
at recent meetings to sustain the flow of goods and services, particularly
necessities, promoting innovation, and developing a post-pandemic recovery
The Vietnamese Ambassador said amid the challenges
from COVID-19, Vietnam, as Chair of ASEAN this year, has worked with other
members to utilise the bloc’s mechanisms for policy and action coordination.
He also valued the US’s prompt support for ASEAN during its fight against