Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai on June 7 received the President of the Council for Future and Vision of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Kwak Seung-Jun, who is currently in Vietnam to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia 2010.

Deputy PM Hai expressed his pleasure at the rapid development of cooperation between the two countries in numerous areas. “ With our joint efforts, the Vietnam-RoK strategic cooperative partnership will continue to prosper,” he said.

Hai pledged that Vietnam as a co-president of the Group of 20 (G20) will work closely with the RoK for the success of the G20 summit, which is to be held in RoK by the end of this year.

He also praised the operation of the RoK’s Council for Future and Vision, an advising body to the President in law making and governance, saying the model is worth learning for Vietnam , especially in dealing with inter-agency issues like climate change, rising sea level and the balance of energy.

For his part, Kwak Seung-Jun said he is impressed by Vietnam ’s successful organisation of the WEF. He said he hoped that as Vietnam and the RoK are co-presidents of the G20, RoK will have more opportunities to boost ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

He said the RoK will announce its Vision for 2020-2040 and his country wishes to increase dialogues and cooperation with Vietnam , promoting initiatives about green growth and the establishment of a fund for climate change.

The RoK hopes that Vietnam will support the country’s bid to host the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2012, he added.

On the same day, Deputy PM received leaders of several international groups and businesses, including Cisco, Trutstee Suisse, Agility and Standard Chartered Bank.

At the meetings, Deputy PM underlined the government’s policies to attract foreign investment in numerous areas. He said he hopes that the groups and businesses will expand their investment in Vietnam , especially in infrastructure, high-tech, logistic and financial services.

The business leaders highlighted their long-term interest in the development and potentials of Vietnam , which they said is a key market for them. They also revealed several business plans in Vietnam in the future and called on the Vietnamese government to continue with its reforms and support to facilitate foreign investment./.