U.S. ambassador to Vietnam Marc Knapper said the American grouping at the meeting was the largest U.S. business delegation to ever visit Vietnam. He said this confirmed the commitment of the U.S. government and the private sector to support a strong and prosperous Vietnam via cooperation.
At the meeting, the delegation proposed new ideas and opportunities for business and investments in Vietnam, especially in fields such as tourism, automobile, aviation, medicine, energy, and banking. The group also put forward proposals to bolster Vietnam-U.S. economic, commercial and investment partnerships.
Prime Minister Chinh praised U.S. business, production and investment activities in Vietnam. He said the Vietnamese government would continue to cooperate with U.S. businesses to resolve difficulties and successfully conduct investment projects.
He added that foreign capital remained an important part of Vietnam’s economy, and he affirmed that his government would always strive to protect the legitimate rights and interests of investors.
The country aims to create favorable policies for the attraction of investment from multinational U.S. corporations into major high-tech projects, he said.
The PM proposed that members of USABC continue expanding their operations in Vietnam and create more opportunities for Vietnamese businesses to join the global supply chain.
Chinh asked aviation businesses to investigate the possibility of becoming contractors and suppliers for the Long Thanh Airport project.
The Long Thanh Airport is expected to cost around VND336.63 trillion ($14.3 billion), and will compete with other regional airports when it opens in 2025, according to the prime minister.
“Vietnam is willing to import machinery, equipment, tools and components from the U.S. to improve Vietnam-U.S. trade turnover,” Chinh said.
Bilateral trade turnover between Vietnam and the U.S. reached a record-breaking $123 billion in 2022, an 11% increase from 2021.
The U.S. is also Vietnam’s second largest commercial partner, and is one of the most important export markets for Vietnam. The U.S. ranks 11th among 142 countries and territories with investment in Vietnam, with 1,223 active projects and a total registered capital of over $11.4 billion.