Within the framework of this conference, the two sides together assessed the implementation of agreements on several fields such as education, information, transportation, finance-banking and tourism services.
Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said that recently, Vietnam has been more active in improving business and investment climate, and raising the confidence of international businesses.
He voiced his hope that the two countries will expand cooperation in the coming time, raising the efficiency of bilateral investment. The two sides will also exchange information and address difficulties of Singapore’s firms in Vietnam.
For his part, Singaporean Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang affirmed that Vietnam is a major economic partner that has attracted the increasing number of foreign investment, including those from Singapore.
At the meeting, the two sides evaluated the implementation of bilateral cooperation agreements in the six connectivity areas, namely investment, finance, information technology and communications, education and training, transportation, and trade and services.
To boost economic connectivity and investment cooperation, the two sides proposed both countries’ state management agencies bolster cooperation, information exchange and experience sharing on management policies and knowledge in various fields such as communications, education-training, tourism-services, urban transportation planning and management, road transport development and export-import.
Vietnam-Singapore trade has been thriving with an average growth of 12 percent a year. Singapore is the sixth biggest trade partner of Vietnam while Vietnam is currently the 11th largest trade partner of Singapore.
In the first seven months of 2017, two-way trade between Vietnam and Singapore hit USD five billion, up 16.4 percent year-on-year.
Singapore currently has more than 1,910 valid investment projects in Vietnam, with total registered capital of over USD 41.38 billion, making it the third leading foreign investor in Vietnam.
In the January-August period, Singapore poured 3.93 billion USD of registered capital into Vietnam. Of the sum, USD 2.84 billion came to newly-approved projects, while USD 718 million was added to existing projects.
By Linh Bui