President Truong Tan Sang asked the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) to expand its surveys, investment, and production in other countries during his meeting with 56 outstanding employees of the firm in Hanoi on May 18.

The leader valued the 56 workers, engineers and specialists taking the lead in fulfilling their duties and engaging in social activities, describing them as critical factors in the group’s strong performance.

He noted PetroVietnam has made great strides over the last 40 years, mastering techniques of oil and gas exploration, exploitation, and processing with its presence domestically and in other countries.

Its attainments have substantially contributed to national socio-economic development and sovereignty protection, he added.

The President urged the group to continue modernising technology and build on its momentum to maintain its standing in the national economy, adding that more attention should be paid to improving employee livelihoods.

Restructuring the group and its affiliates is also crucial in promoting key projects and contributing to the national economy, he said.-VNA