The fifth Vietnamese Business Forum in Europe opened in Moscow on Sept. 18, drawing representatives of 500 enterprises from over 10 European countries and Vietnam.
Addressing the two-day forum, Industry and Trade Minister Vu Huy Hoang said the forum was an opportunity for Vietnamese enterprises in Europe to meet, exchange experiences, seek cooperation opportunities and discuss measures to boost investment at those countries and to Vietnam.
The minister further said that the forum will help enterprises update themselves on the latest policies back home through direct dialogue with representatives from Vietnamese ministries, sectors and agencies.
Deputy Foreign Minister, Chairman of the State Committee on Overseas Vietnamese Nguyen Thanh Son spoke about Vietnamese Party and State policies, which aim to encourage Overseas Vietnamese and the Vietnamese business community abroad to contribute to economic development in Vietnam and promote the image and products of the country to the world.
He stated that Vietnamese enterprises abroad are bridges to link Vietnam with other countries and countries with Vietnam.
Meanwhile, Tran Dang Chung, President of the Vietnamese Business Association in Russia, said that enterprises, particularly Vietnamese enterprises the Europe need to boost solidarity and exchange information and experiences to overcome difficulties, especially impacts of the global economic and financial crisis.
Participants to the forum will focus their discussions on four issues: debt crisis in Europe and challenges to Vietnamese enterprises; linkage and sharing as the basis for successes of the Vietnamese business community in Europe; Vietnam’s policies to support exports to Europe; and investment into Vietnam, responsibility of Vietnamese business community toward home country.
Within the framework of the forum, the Ministry of Industry and Trade held a ceremony to honour outstanding Vietnamese entrepreneurs in Europe.