The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee chairman, Le Hoang Quan, received visiting Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen on November 17.
|Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen attends the Vietnam - Finland Business Forum on November in a visit to Ho Chi Minh City|
Mr. Quan said the city has tried to create a good business climate for Finnish firms, enabling trade between them to increase to US$1 billion and Finnish investment in Vietnam up to US$1 billion.
Currently, Vietnam and Finland’s turnover in 2008 reached US$239 million.
But they agreed these numbers do not reflect the two countries’ potential.
In the era of innovation, Vietnam is inclined toward sustainable development in connection with environmental protection and green technology. Finland, a nation which has experience in building an environmentally friendly economy, will cooperate with Vietnam in developing such inclination, said PM Vanhanen.
Speaking at the Vietnam-Finland Business Forum in the city the same day, PM Vanhanen hailed Vietnam’s progress in certain fields, assuring that his country is ready to provide practical assistance through programs to develop green technologies.
Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, deputy chairwoman of the city People’s Committee, Nguyen Thi Hong, and entrepreneurs from the two countries attended the meeting.