The Vietnamese Government always facilitates Swiss businesses’ investment and business activities in the country and is eager to listen to comments from Swiss and other foreign investors, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan has said.

Addressing a meeting with 43 Swiss businesses at the Swiss-Asian Chamber of Commerce (SACC) in Zurich, Switzerland, on August 29, the first day of his visit to Switzerland, Nhan said bilateral economic cooperation has seen positive developments despite the world’s economic downturn and the European public debt crisis.

He highlighted SACC’s efforts and roles in helping Swiss businesses invest in Vietnam and said he hopes it will create more opportunities for the two countries’ businesses to meet and exchange information as well as organise visits to survey each other’s market.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Nam Hai introduced Vietnam’s economic situation and achievements as well as its attractive investment opportunities.

According to Hai, two-way trade reached almost 3 billion USD last year. Switzerland now has 89 investment projects in Vietnam totalling almost 2 billion USD, ranking fourth among European nations and 19 th among 95 countries and territories investing in Vietnam.
The Chairman of the Vietnam Committee under the SACC, Adolf Meier and Deputy PM Nhan affirmed that two-way trade will record strong growth in coming years.

Talking with a Vietnam News Agency correspondent in Switzerland, Director of the Ho Chi Minh City-based TIM Investment and Management Consulting JSC Marco Martinelli said there is a huge potential for investment in Vietnam.

During their five-day tour to Switzerland, Deputy PM Nhan and his entourage is scheduled to meet Swiss Economy Minister Johann Scheneider Ammann and Interior Minister Alain Berset.-VNA