Major U.S. firms told Vietnamese Ambassador to the U.S. Nguyen Quoc Cuong during the envoy’s visit earlier this week that they want to boost collaboration with Vietnam, the Vietnam’s embassy in Washington said Saturday.
During his tour of Washington from August 19 to 20, ambassador Cuong visited the headquarters of giant planemaker Boeing, software titan Microsoft, and marine and rail terminal operator Carix, the Embassy of Vietnam in the U.S. said on its website.
At the manufacturing plant in Everett, Boeing representatives told Cuong that the U.S. planemaker has targeted to hand over the first Boeing 787 aircraft to Vietnam Airlines, the Southeast Asian country’s flag carrier, by 2015.
This is to mark the 20th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the U.S.
Boeing said it hopes that the plane handover will contribute to Vietnam Airlines’ plan of creating a nonstop route to the U.S.
Ambassador Cuong spoke highly of Boeing efforts in cooperating with Vietnam, and called on the company to continue providing technical support for Vietnam to enter the Category 1 of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in terms of aviation safety, a crucial condition to launch the nonstop route.
The Vietnamese ambassador also met with Microsoft executives at the company’s headquarters to discuss the tech giant’s development plan in Vietnam.
Microsoft chief officials appreciated the commitment by the Vietnamese government in negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, while underlined that Vietnam will be one of the focuses for business development of the U.S. software behemoth in the coming time.
Microsoft representatives committed to continue supporting Vietnam, especially in the field of training hi-tech personnel.
Ambassador Cuong studied Carrix Inc’s investments at seaports in Vietnam during the visit to the company headquarters in Seattle. He was also received by a representative of the Washington Governor, and had discussion on the potential of economic and trade cooperation between Washington and Vietnam.
Washington is ranked 13th in terms of population of the U.S. states, while its 2010 total gross state product was $351.5 billion, placing it 14th in the nation.
Washington is home to the leading port system in the U.S., whereas its economy is tied to export activities, according to the Embassy of Vietnam.
Many Washington-based enterprises have presence in Vietnam, including Boeing, Microsoft, and Starbucks.