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Vietnam willing to join WEF activities: prime minister

Vietnam highly values its cooperation with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and is ready to engage in activities launched by the forum, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has said.

World Economic Forum Managing Director Philipp Rösler is seen in this file photo.
World Economic Forum Managing Director Philipp Rösler is seen in this file photo.

PM Dung made the statement in his talks with WEF Managing Director Philipp Rösler in Hanoi on Friday, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

At the meeting, the Vietnamese government leader hailed recent progress in Vietnam-WEF cooperation, including the forum’s assistance for Vietnam in hosting the WEF Meeting on East Asia in Ho Chi Minh City in 2010.

PM Dung asked the WEF to strengthen its support in improving Vietnam’s image to the global business community, and expressed his hope for the forum’s closer ties with Vietnam in competitiveness promotion, business environment improvement, and sustainable development.

Philipp Rösler said he appreciates Vietnam’s achievements in socio-economic development. He also thanked the Southeast Asian country for its active participation in, and important contributions to, WEF meetings.

The organization will work closely with the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and relevant agencies to design programs and conduct activities intended to popularize the country’s image at the WEF Meeting in Davos, the WEF managing director added.

Later the same day, the WEF leader had a meeting with Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, during which the two sides discussed measures to further promote Vietnam’s image at WEF forums and other international organizations.