Fri. May 27th, 2022

Vietnam attaches importance to multi-faceted cooperation with the US, said President Truong Tan Sang while meeting with US senior officials
in Washington DC on July 24.

Receiving
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Agriculture Tom
Vilsack, and Trade Representative Michael Froman, President Sang
congratulated them on their appointments to the second-term Obama
administration.

He agreed on the importance of the
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement for the regional economic
linkage as well as for the economic development of each country.

TPP must be a balanced agreement for development goals in regard to
the diversity of members’ development levels, he said, stressing that
economics, trade and investment have been the centre and driving force
of bilateral ties.

He suggested the US side open the
door for Vietnamese goods and avoid imposing trade barriers on imports
from Vietnam in order to ensure the legitimate interests of
Vietnamese businesses and workers as well as the benefits of US
consumers.

The Vietnamese President stated that
anti-dumping and anti-subsidy cases on tra and basa fish and shrimp have
negatively affected millions of Vietnamese farmers, both economically
and socially, causing difficulties for job generation for farmers and
poverty reduction efforts in rural areas.

President
Sang proposed that the US add Vietnam to the list of developing
countries and provide technical assistance for the country to improve
its capacity of implementing commitments, focusing on high-quality human
resources training.

He also asked the US to soon
recognise Vietnam as a market economy. The two countries should
discuss the building of a framework agreement on agricultural
cooperation in an early date, he said.

At the
meetings, the US senior officials noted that the two countries see
great opportunities to strongly develop their ties in the time to come.
They pledged to promote multi-faceted cooperation with Vietnam ,
especially in economics, trade and investment.

Both
Pritzker and Froman emphasised the US Government’s determination,
together with other members, to speed up negotiations to soon finalise
the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. They also applauded the
progress of the recent negotiation round between the two countries in
Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Tom Vilsack held that there
are rooms for the two countries to further their agricultural
cooperation and affirmed to increase programmes to support Vietnam
in capacity building and training in the field.

The
US senior officials acknowledged President Sang’s proposals and vowed
that in the future, the two countries’ ministries and agencies will work
closely and discuss specific and suitable measures to implement
agreements reached between the two countries in related areas.-VNA

By vivian