Vietnam has outlined its financial cooperation plans for 2014 and beyond with the US and Japan during Finance Minister Dinh Tien Dung’s 10-day tour to the countries, which ended on March 14.

In the US, Dung held working sessions with executives of the New York Stock Exchange, Coca Cola and Metlife Insurance, as well as meetings with senior US officials, including the Secretary of Treasury and the Federal Reserve Chair.

In an interview granted to a New York-based Vietnam News Agency correspondent, he said US officials have appreciated Vietnam’s efforts to stabilise the macro economy and restructure its national economy.

While delighted with the progress in their trade and investment over recent times, both sides agreed that that level has not yet matched its capacity, he said.

Regarding the negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, Minister Dung said both sides agreed to push for the early signing of the agreement.

In Japan, Dung proposed the host increase ODA for Vietnam, especially in the form of direct budget assistance.

The Vietnamese Ministry signed two agreements with the Japan International Cooperation Agency, borrowing 250 million USD for the country to improve its climate change response and enhance economic management and competitiveness.

He stressed that Vietnam will work to make it easier for foreign businesses, including Japanese and US ones, to pour more investment in the country.-VNA