(VOV) - Vietnamese ambassador Nguyen Quoc Cuong met with local officials, parliamentarians, religious leaders and representatives from universities of Utah State to promote cooperation between Vietnam and the state during his visit to the US from March 30 to April 1.
The ambassador gave a lecture at the D. Kennedy Centre for International Studies at the Brighham Young University (BYU) - one of the biggest private universities in the US.
He informed more than 100 students, professors and American friends of Vietnam’s reform policies and socio-economic development strategy in the 2011-2020 period as well as prospects for cooperation between Vietnam and the US in the future.
The ambassador also held an exchange with more than 50 Vietnamese alumni of the BYU and handed over a decision recognizing the establishment of the Vietnam Youth and Alumni Association. The BYU Headmaster highlighted Vietnamese students’ academic achievements and said he was willing to receive more Vietnamese students.
During his visit, ambassador Nguyen Quoc Cuong met with Governor Gary Herbert and Senator Orrin Hatch and representatives from more than 50 leading enterprises to discuss prospects for cooperation between the two countries, as well as those between Utah state and Vietnam.
The Governor announced that his Office had organized a trip for a delegation of American businesses to seek investment opportunities in Vietnam. Meanwhile, some Vietnamese businesses in the State also expressed wishes to increase their investment in some major projects in Vietnam.
Over the past five years, two-way trade between Vietnam and Utah has increased by more than 200 percent, according to statistics from the Governor’s Office.
Ambassador Cuong also held working sessions with leaders from Mormon Cathedral in Salt Lake City. He told the Cathedral’s leaders about Vietnam’s religious policies and they agreed that all Mormon followers should respect the State’s laws and become good citizens.