Vietnam boosts co-operation with Massachusetts State

08:55 | 05/09/2015 Cooperation

Top legislators of Vietnam and the US discussed measures to enhance collaboration between Massachusetts State and Vietnamese localities, particularly in economics, finance, education and training, during their meetings in the US State on September 4 (Vietnam time).

Vietnam boosts co-operation with Massachusetts State

NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung (L) is welcomed in the US (Photo: VNA)

At a meeting with Senate President of Massachusetts Stanley Rosenberg, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung expressed his pleasure to visit Massachusetts where late President Ho Chi Minh lived and worked in the early 20th century.

Chairman Hung said his visit reinforces and propels the two countries’ relations forward, especially the parliamentary ties, adding that he believes the high-level visits between the two sides will create a strong impulse for bilateral co-operation across the board.

He proposed the Massachusetts Senate President continue to create all favourable conditions for Vietnamese people, especially students, to live in the State as well as support the establishment of the Full Bright school in Vietnam, and facilitate education and scientific research co-operation between the two countries.

Stanley Rosenberg noted that Massachusetts will create all optimal conditions for local and Vietnamese businesses to explore investment co-operation opportunities, he confirmed.

While visiting Harvard University on the same day, the top Vietnamese legislator expressed his admiration with the world-famous university, which trained a lot of global leaders, economists and billionaires such as US President Barack Obama, CEO of Microsoft Group Bill Gates, former US President George Bush, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former US President John Kennedy, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Speaking with the university’s leaders, experts and researchers, Chairman Hung said Vietnam and the US are seeing enormous new co-operation opportunities that need to be optimised, including education and scientific research. He said he hopes Harvard University will increase scholarships for Vietnamese students and continue sharing experience in teaching and training with Vietnamese universities.

Experts from Harvard’s Vietnam Programme said they are willing to share their know-how and assist Vietnam in building economic management and development policies.

They expressed their belief that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement would be adopted soon, recommending that Vietnam place special focus on improving the operational capacity of businesses, especially private ones, to help them adapt to post-TPP economic deals.

They also discussed their impression of Vietnam’s development achievements amid regional and global economic crises, saying that this is a firm foundation for the local economy to maintain stability and continue growth in the coming time. They suggested Vietnam expand investment attraction and develop new modern industries, along with pushing ahead with negotiations to reach the signing of international economic agreements and gaining access to the global production value chain.

Recognising the outcomes in fine-tuning law in Vietnam, especially in economic and trade management policies, the specialists recommended that the Southeast Asian country further enhance capacity for policy makers and enforcement agencies.

During his stay, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung visited the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, which is home to around 1,000 overseas students, including Vietnamese students./.

Source: VNA