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Feb 25, 2021 / 17:40

Vietnam, US to enhance economic cooperation after Covid-19

The US state wishes to boost bilateral trade with Vietnam in the energy sector.

Representatives from the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade and the State of West Virginia (the US) on February 25 signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance cooperation in terms of economics, trade and energy.

An overview of the meeting between he Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade and the State of West Virginia (the US) on February 25. Photo: Bnews

With the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding, the two sides set out the goal of establishing a comprehensive cooperation framework to facilitate trade and investment activities of businesses of the tso countries as well as formlinh a joint Working Group to promote cooperative activities.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Vietnam Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh emphasized the special importance of Vietnam-US relations and highly appreciated the role and efforts of Carol Miller, the US House member representing West Virginia’s 3rd congressional district and US state’s Governor Jim Justice for promoting bilateral economic and commercial relations between the two sides.

Minister Tuan Anh also believed that this is a very appropriate time for the two sides to promote in-depth cooperation to jointly react to the Covid-19 pandemic and step up economic recovery.

"The US is an important and long-term partner of Vietnam in providing energy sources and technology as well as investment," he said. 

On her side, Carol Miller also wished to further promote trade cooperation, especially in the energy sector between the US state and Vietnam. “Reviving the economy after the pandemic is important, West Virginia and the US are ready to assist partners, especially in the renewable energy sector,” she said.

At an online talk with Miller last May, Minister Tuan Anh raised the initiative of signing an agreement between the ministrg and the US State to foster the collaboration.

Trade cooperation and investment between Vietnam and the US have been thriving, with two-way trade hitting US$90.8 billion in 2020, and are expected to reach US$100 billion this year.