Da Nang (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has described the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as one of the top important economic-trade, investment and tourism partners of Vietnam.

During a reception in Da Nang on November 10 for Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-Ngor, PM Phuc lauded the Hong Kong economy’s active contributions to the success of the APEC Year 2017 in Vietnam and wished that during her tenure, Hong Kong’s position as the ninth largest trade partner and the sixth largest foreign direct investment partner of Vietnam will be lifted.

In order to boost mutually-beneficial ties, the PM suggested the administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region encourage capable firms to expand operations in Vietnam, especially in transport, infrastructure, electronic components, and supporting and processing industries on the basis of ensuring environmental protection, sustainable development as well as further step up collaboration in the fields of finance-banking, securities.

He hoped that Hong Kong will create more favourable conditions for Vietnamese guest workers and increase the import of goods from Vietnam, such as agro-forestry-aquatic products, apparel and footwear.

PM Phuc also urged Hong Kong to support Vietnamese firms to partake in trade, investment and tourism promotion activities in Hong Kong and expanding cooperation in culture, education, labour and tourism.

Carrie Lam spoke highly of Vietnam’s preparations for the APEC Year 2017, affirming that authorities of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region appreciates mutually-beneficial ties with Vietnam, particularly in economy, trade, investment, culture, education and tourism.-VNA