What are the factors that spur the trade here, bilateral trade, this year, and what will they be in the coming years?
That created the framework for our two economies to begin to mesh and since then, we’ve been building year on year at a rate of over 20, 25 percent increase. Vietnamese goods going to the United States are growing at a faster rate than American goods coming this way.
I’d hope to see our service sectors in Viet Nam such as banking, insurance, money management and others grow in the years ahead. We need to be aiming at US$15 billion at the soonest.
Could you tell us about education cooperation programs between the U.S. and Viet Nam?
American firms provide a wide range of educational opportunities for the young people of Viet Nam, from vocational training, English language training, computer training, on up to a master’s in business administration through a partnership, a joint venture with a Vietnamese university or college.
These are not people coming here simply to help Vietnam; they’re also coming to help themselves. This is a business for them and they need to be able to set up shop on a commercial basis.
As the economy rises, people will have more money to send their children to be educated in the United States and the current number of 4,500 young Vietnamese people is going to mushroom, is going to grow.
In your new position, what will you do to continue to contribute to Viet Nam-U.S. relations?
Now frankly, I have become quite fascinated by what’s happening in Viet Nam and I don’t think I will walk away from it and not continue to follow the developments here.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Vietnam-US trade to reach $15 Billion-US Ambassador
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