Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (R) and Google CEO Sundar Pichai (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese Government will continue creating all possible conditions for the world’s major IT groups, including Google, to expand operation in the country, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung promised.

The Government leader called on Google to support and expand its cooperation with Vietnamese partners while receiving Google CEO Sundar Pichai in Hanoi on December 22.

At the meeting, the Prime Minister lauded Google’s global fame and brand, especially its contributions to popularising knowledge and increasing information and education access for people worldwide.

Vietnam is experiencing a “golden population structure,” the host said, adding that 52 percent of the 93-million population have Internet access and most of them use Google.

PM Nguyen Tan Dung highlighted Vietnam’s market economy, intensive integration, economic, trade and investment ties with almost all economies globally, and the country’s incentives for the information-technology (IT) sector.

For his part, Sundar Pichai applauded Vietnam ’s development as well as its great potential for IT development.

He expressed his hope that Google will have more opportunities to expand its operation in the Southeast Asian nation following the signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement to which Vietnam is a signatory.

He revealed that his group will implement a number of projects to help Vietnam train IT engineers and experts, promote the country’s tourism and support small and medium-sized enterprises in entering the world market via e-commerce.

Google expects that Vietnam will become one of the group’s most important markets, he said, pledging to work harder in the time ahead to further contribute to the country’s socio-economic and IT development.

Google always abides by laws, including those regarding tax, in any country where the group is operating, he affirmed.

As a US leading IT group, Google has an estimated market cap of 367 billion USD.-VNA