HA NOI — Viet Nam will do its utmost to bring relations with Switzerland to new heights, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told Swiss Minister of Economic Affairs Doris Leuthard at a meeting in Ha Noi yesterday.
Dung said he was delighted at the rapidly increasing trade between Viet Nam and Switzerland.
Though Swiss businesses had invested more than US$750 million in Viet Nam, the countries could co-operate more, he said.
The PM called on the two governments to strengthen ed co-operative relations in all aspects. He also thanked the Swiss government for its aid to Viet Nam in recent years and said he wanted the Swiss Government to continue providing aid to Viet Nam, especially in education and training.
Addressing Swiss businesses, Dung said: “The Vietnamese Government will create favourable conditions to help Swiss investors invest in Viet Nam, contributing to stronger friendship, co-operation and relations between the two countries.”
He told Leuthard that Viet Nam intended a full and deep integration into the world economy while implementing all commitments to the World Trade Organisation, alleviating poverty and striving for progress and social equality.
Dung said Viet Nam was determined to build a strong Government and drive back corruption.
Leuthard said despite some difficulties, Viet Nam’s dramatic economic reforms proved the country was on the right track.
She said the Swiss Government was always interested in supporting Viet Nam in its economic reforms. She said several Swiss business were also eyeing investment in the country.
Swiss business leaders told Dung that they wanted the Government to facilitate their investment in areas such as cement and electricity.
Switzerland also agreed to donate $838,000 to Viet Nam to help the country implement its WTO commitments.
Swiss experts will train Vietnamese authorities in methods to enhance competition under an agreement signed yesterday between Swiss Minister of Economic Affairs Doris Leuthard and Vietnamese Minister of Trade of Viet Nam Truong Dinh Tuyen.
The project will establish a close co-operation between Swiss and the Vietnamese competition authorities, including a temporary exchange of staff and workshops on specific subjects at a cost of US$750,000.
The Swiss Competition Commission will be responsible for the overall organisation and supervision of the project and will provide direct technical assistance to Viet Nam’s Competition Administration Department.
Speaking at yesterday’s signing ceremony, Tuyen said that competition was a decisive element in forming a market economy and ensuring efficient economic development.
The Law on Competition and the establishment of the Trade Ministry’s Competition Administration Department had demonstrated the ongoing effort to foster a healthy business climate in Viet Nam, he noted.
The minister said he hoped that the project would help enhance Viet Nam’s international competitiveness.
The Swiss government also pledged $1 million yesterday to finance a three-year project to promote the enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights in Viet Nam. The project would include activities to improve the capacity of enforcement agencies in Viet Nam, promote teaching of IP concepts at universities, establish a system to protect Vietnamese proprietary knowledge, and strengthen geographical indications for Vietnamese products, as well as provide expertise in other emerging areas of IP rights enforcement.
The new project would follow a successful co-operative project carried out by the National Office for Intellectual Property (NOIP) and the Swiss Federation Institute for Intellectual Property during 2001-2006 that focused on contributing to a WTO-compliant legal framework on IP rights protection.