|A corner of HCM City’s hi-tech agriculture area. — VNA/VNS Photo|
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s business environment has improved significantly, especially its competitiveness, said representatives of US businesses in the US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC).
During a meeting with Minister and Chairman of the Office of the Government Mai Tiến Dũng in Hà Nội on July 11, the USABC delegation showed their thirst to invest or expand investment in Việt Nam in animal feed production and distribution, food processing, production of veterinary medicine and plant protection products.
The American enterprises also affirmed their pledge to abide by the laws of Việt Nam, and fully implement social responsibility and community activities.
Minister Dũng said the Vietnamese Government is calling for foreign investment in hi-tech agriculture and encouraging international enterprises to enhance links with local firms and people in developing the closed value chains.
While appreciating American investors’ investment in various fields in Việt Nam, including the agricultural sector, Dũng added that foreign direct investment (FDI) in agriculture plays an important role in boosting the production of agricultural commodities and increasing competitiveness for Vietnamese farm produce.
Việt Nam is actively improving its business environment, fine-tuning its institutions and promoting administrative reform as well as enhancing its competitiveness to continue to be an attractive investment destination for both local and foreign business communities, including those from the US, he stressed.
Recently, the Vietnamese Government has issued a number of mechanisms and policies to remove obstacles, aiming to lure more domestic and foreign investment in agriculture and rural areas, including amending the Law on Technology Transfer (2017), and issuing Decree 57/2018/NĐ-CP on mechanisms and policies to attract investment in agricultural and rural development, Dũng said.
He revealed that the working group of the Prime Minister will inspect 17 ministries regarding the implementation of directions and tasks assigned by the Government and the Prime Minister related to the specialised inspection of import and export goods and the simplification and reduction of business conditions.
The Vietnamese Government is always willing to listen to the opinions of business communities, he stressed.
According to the minister, the Government Office has built a system for receiving and responding to the recommendations of enterprises at http://doanhnghiep.chinhphu.vn on the Government Information Portal, which enables businesses to submit their proposals directly on the system.
In addition, the Government Office has frequently held meetings with enterprises and business associations to listen to their feedback and suggestions related to the implementation of mechanisms, policies and administrative procedures.
Michael Michalak, Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director of USABC, said Việt Nam is an attractive investment destination and many US firms have been thriving in the country.
US firms took the occasion to thank the Vietnamese Government and authorities for creating favourable conditions for them to expand production and distribution networks in Vietnam. — VNS