He made the remarks in an interview with the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) ahead of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s trip to the U.S. from May 11-17 to attend ASEAN-U.S. Special Summit at the invitation of the U.S. President and make a working visit to the U.S. and the United Nations.  

Vietnamese Ambassador to the U.S. Nguyen Quoc Dung

The ambassador said the year 2022 marks the 45th anniversary of the ASEAN-U.S. partnership, and the event will be an occasion for the two sides to review their relationship, set out cooperation orientations in the time ahead, and exchange views on regional and international issues of shared concern.

According to Dung, pandemic containment and economic recovery are at present the top priorities in cooperation between the two sides, stressing that apart from providing vaccines and medical supplies to ASEAN countries, the U.S. has opened its U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Southeast Asia Regional Office in Hanoi.

He noted that the U.S. has also proposed initiatives to enhance economic cooperation with the ten-member grouping, including those to ensure sustainability and stability of supply chains such as the idea on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.

Dung expressed his belief that the ASEAN-U.S. collaboration will be strengthened in such spheres as infrastructure, digital economy, smart city development, clean energy transformation, health care, epidemic prevention and control, and climate change response.

Ambassador Dung is also optimistic about the good prospects for cooperation between Vietnam and the U.S., which, he said, meets the interests of their people.

He explained that over the past time the bilateral economic ties have developed rapidly and effectively, with Vietnam being the U.S.’s biggest export and import market in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while the U.S. remains Vietnam’s largest export market. Leaders of the two countries have paid attention to promoting the economic relations, and always supported cooperation between their businesses, the diplomat added.

Moreover, Vietnam has developed rapidly and dynamically, and integrated deeply into the region and the world by joining many major regional and global free trade agreements, he said, noting that the country has been regarded as a safe and friendly destination.

Another reason for the prospects is the strong development of Vietnamese enterprises, with many of them now able to meet high international standards. The ambassador added that several Vietnamese businesses have invested in big projects in the U.S.

According to the ambassador, among the 2.2 million strong Vietnamese community in the U.S., many are scientists and entrepreneurs, who work as a bridge between the two economies.

The ambassador said besides attending the summit, PM Chinh is scheduled to engage in bilateral activities with the U.S. side, including meetings with representatives from the U.S. administration and parliament, businesspeople and scholars. He will also visit some high-tech facilities in the country.

“I am very optimistic about the prospects of economic cooperation between the two countries in the coming time,” he said.

Source: VNA