Ho Chi Minh City’s Party secretary wants more US investors to come and do business in the city and top the list of foreign investors, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
Dinh La Thang said during a meeting with US ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius Thursday that the US is currently not the biggest foreign investor in Vietnam or HCMC.
“Given the broadening and deepening bilateral partnership, I wish the ambassador will persuade more US businesses to come to HCMC.”
Osius said he was asked recently by many people about his recent meeting with Thang and the business community in HCMC, and he told them he was impressed with Thang’s pledge to create a transparent business environment.
He hoped that a planned visit by President Barack Obama to Vietnam would bring more opportunities for bilateral cooperation, particularly since they have signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Thang also said he hoped the visit would strengthen the comprehensive partnership between the two countries, and suggested that the US should continue to help Vietnam in some areas like infrastructure and climate change, and soon recognize Vietnam as a full market economy.
He singled out the planned Fulbright University Vietnam as a key component of the bilateral partnership, saying he hoped the project would help HCMC train world-class human resources.