Vietnam always attaches great importance to its cooperation with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and pledges to actively engage in the latter’s activities, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told WEF Managing Director Philipp Roesler in Hanoi on November 28.

The Vietnamese leader highly valued recent progress made in the Vietnam-WEF collaboration, especially the organisation’s assistance in successfully hosting the WEF Meeting on East Asia in Ho Chi Minh City in 2010 and effectively implementing the “New Vision for Agriculture” initiative.

He asked the WEF to extend its support in popularising Vietnam’s image to the global business community, adding that his country is willing to coordinate with the organisation in implementing joint popularisation programmes.

The PM also hoped for the WEF’s close collaboration with Vietnam in mutually concerned issues such as competitiveness promotion, business climate improvement, and sustainable development.

Philipp Roesler appreciated Vietnam’s socio-economic development achievements and thanked the Southeast Asian country for its active participation in and important contributions to WEF meetings. He said he hopes that the country will continue such a performance at upcoming WEF events like the meetings in Davos and on East Asia.

The organisation will work closely with the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and relevant agencies to design programmes and conduct activities popularising the country’s national image at the WEF Meeting in Davos, he added.

Later on the day, the WEF leader had a working session with Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and representatives of Vietnamese businesses which are members of the WEF.

They discussed measures to further promote Vietnam’s image at WEF forums and other international events. Deputy PM Minh asked the WEF to help Vietnamese businesses partner with the world’s leading companies.

Also on November 28, Philipp Roesler attended a workshop on businesses’ role in the improvement of the national competitiveness in international integration.-VNA