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Government courts Swiss enterprises to invest in Vietnam
The Saigon Times Daily
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Government courts Swiss enterprises to invest in Vietnam

The Saigon Times Daily

File photo of a meeting between the Government and a Swiss enterprise delegation led by Andreas Gerber, head of Swiss SME business at Credit Suisse bank, who come to sound out investment opportunities in Vietnam - PHOTO: VGP

HCMC – The Government has expressed its desire to attract further investment from Swiss enterprises, praising their great strengths in advanced technology as well as their experience with the fourth industrial revolution and the global supply chain, news website Vietnam Plus reported, citing Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue.

Deputy Prime Minister Hue on Monday, November 5, held a meeting with a Swiss enterprise delegation led by Andreas Gerber, head of Swiss SME business at Credit Suisse bank, in a visit to Vietnam to gain more insights into investment opportunities in the country.

The Government will create as many favorable business conditions as possible to ease the investment flow from foreign firms, stated Hue. He stressed that the country had considered foreign-invested enterprises an integral part of its economy and lauded the activities of the Swiss delegation in some localities across the country over the years.

Hue noted that there was significant room for foreign investment opportunities in Vietnam. In particular, Vietnam is in need of further overseas investment in areas in which Swiss firms excel.

Apart from that, the Government also prioritizes developing the finance-banking sector and encourages mergers and acquisitions in this sector to establish fintech and digital banking models in the years to come.

Moreover, foreign companies are encouraged to participate in the process of equitizing State-owned enterprises, become their strategic partners or get involved in local ventures and startup development.

Addressing the reception, Andreas Gerber remarked that the delegation had come to Vietnam for the fifth time to seek business opportunities. This time, it will visit the northern localities of Hanoi, Haiphong City and Ninh Binh Province.

The delegation aims to transfer advanced technologies from Switzerland to Vietnam in the coming period, according to its leader. During the visit, one of the enterprises decided to invest directly in the country.

This is reportedly the largest Swiss delegation seen to date, with enterprises boasting strong business performance and operating in various sectors, such as glass manufacturing, nanotechnology, medical technology combined with artificial intelligence, application software and communications.

As for Vietnam, the Government has prioritized foreign investment in nine sectors such as transportation and socioeconomic infrastructure under the public-private partnership format, manufacturing and supporting industries deploying advanced technology, hi-tech agriculture and logistics, said Hue.

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