Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on Sept. 6 received a visiting delegation of the US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) and representatives from its member.

The delegation was headed by USABC President Alexander Feldman and President of the council’s US-Vietnam Committee Stuart Dean, who were accompanied by representatives from nearly 40 large firms. This was the largest ever business delegation from the US to Vietnam.

The visit was aimed at studying the targets and priority policies of the new government in Vietnam.

They will also study Vietnam’s measures to cope with macro-economic challenges while maintaining economic growth, as well as ways to boost Vietnam-US economic, trade and investment relations.

Issues of regional cooperation, ASEAN connectivity and the negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (TPP) Agreement were also on the agenda for this visit.

FM Minh highly valued the cooperation between Vietnam and the US, which have been developing bilaterally and multilaterally in politics, economic trade, education, health care, science and technology and humanitarian activities. The two countries are also exerting efforts to boost ties.

He said the Vietnamese Government invited US businesses to Vietnam to seek cooperation, investment and business opportunities and to work for the long term in Vietnam, thus contributing to boosting Vietnam-US relations.

The FM asked US businesses to continue taking part in social and humanitarian activities and the process of overcoming the consequences of war in Vietnam.

On behalf of the delegation, Alexander Feldman said that US businesses want to boost cooperation with the Vietnamese Government and enterprises in economic trade and investment, contributing to developing relations between the two countries to meet the benefits of the two people.

He also pledged to continue helping Vietnam to cope with global issues like climate change, environmental, humanitarian and social matters.

While in Vietnam, the US businesses will meet with leaders and officials of ministries and sectors to discuss issues of common interest./.