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U.S. tech, aviation firms show interest in Vietnam

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Prominent U.S. technology and aviation companies have expressed their intent to expand their investments in Vietnam during meetings with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh during his visit to the United States, reported the Government news site.

On the afternoon of September 21 local time, Prime Minister Chinh had brief meetings with executives from Apple, Boeing, Google, and Siemens Healthineers.

Nick Ammann, Apple’s Vice President of Global Government Affairs, said that the tech giant is interested in the clean energy strategy in Vietnam and Apple’s potential access to this source of energy within the country.

Apple also expressed interest in supporting human resource development in Vietnam, particularly in the field of software development.

PM Chinh proposed that Apple act as a liaison between U.S. businesses, Apple’s partners, and Vietnam, facilitating increased investments in the country. He also suggested that Apple assist Vietnamese enterprises in enhancing their manufacturing capabilities, provide consultancy services, and establish research and development (R&D) centers in coordination with the National Innovation Center (NIC).

Boeing, a U.S. aircraft manufacturer, expressed interest in delivering additional aircraft orders that had recently been placed.

PM Chinh urged Boeing to expand its manufacturing and supply chain operations in Vietnam, including the early establishment of an aircraft and equipment maintenance center.

Karan Bhatia, Global Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy at Google, presented proposals for cooperation and investment in Vietnam’s cloud computing sector and online education. PM Chinh sought Google’s support in ensuring information security and enhancing digital skills training.

During the same day, PM Chinh also met with leaders of Siemens Healthineers, who said they wanted to expand their investment and share their expertise in the healthcare sector in Vietnam.

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