Sin­ga­pore will­ing to share bank­ing, loan ex­pe­ri­ence

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— Vieät Nam and Sin­ga­pore could of­fer more support to each other and grow fur­ther, for­mer Prime Min­is­ter and Emer­i­tus Se­nior Min­is­ter of Sin­ga­pore, Goh Chok Tong said yes­ter­day.

Goh re­ferred es­pe­cially to Vieät Nam’s ad­van­tages in agri­cul­ture and hu­man re­sources.

At a meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Tröông Taán Sang in Haø Noäi, Goh said he was de­lighted at the progress made in bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

He sug­gested the two coun­tries co-op­er­ate in avi­a­tion and tourism since Sin­ga­pore at­tracted 16 mil­lion vis­i­tors a year.

Goh added that Sin­ga­pore was will­ing to share its ex­pe­ri­ence and support Vieät Nam in de­vel­op­ing its bank­ing sys­tem, ac­cess­ing loans to up­grade in­fra­struc­ture and help im­prove the qual­ity of hu­man re­sources.

Pres­i­dent Sang said he val­ued the for­mer PM’s pro­posal and said he hoped both sides would...

... deepen the bi­lat­eral strate­gic part­ner­ship fur­ther.

Ha Noi keen to learn

Sec­re­tary of the Hanoi Party Com­mit­tee Phaïm Quang Nghiò ex­pressed hope to learn from Sin­ga­pore’s ex­pe­ri­ences in ur­ban plan­ning and man­age­ment, real es­tate de­vel­op­ment, ur­ban un­der­ground space us­age and so­cial hous­ing pro­vi­sion dur­ing a meet­ing with for­mer Prime Min­is­ter and Emer­i­tus Se­nior Min­is­ter of Sin­ga­pore Goh Chok Tong yes­ter­day.

The Haø Noäi leader pro­posed that the Sin­ga­porean gov­ern­ment en­cour­age busi­nesses to strengthen their in­vest­ments in Vieät Nam, par­tic­u­larly in agri­cul­ture, tech­nol­ogy, in­fra­struc­ture, fi­nance and mar­itime trans­port.

Nghò spoke highly of the two coun­tries’ co-op­er­a­tion and said that Sin­ga­pore’s support in terms of di­rect in­vest­ment and tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance, es­pe­cially via the Vieät Nam-Sin­ga­pore In­dus­trial Parks, had helped boost the coun­try’s so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

High­light­ing the ef­fi­ciency of ed­u­ca­tion co-op­er­a­tion, he sug­gested that Sin­ga­pore con­tinue to award schol­ar­ships to Viet­namese stu­dents, help Vieät Nam de­velop the pro­fes­sional and English skills of man­age­ment of­fi­cials and pro­vide vo­ca­tional train­ing.

Vieät Nam, and Haø Noäi in par­tic­u­lar, would cre­ate favourable con­di­tions for Sin­ga­porean cit­i­zens and busi­nesses, Nghò said.

Goh Chok Tong agreed with his host’s pro­posal to en­cour­age busi­nesses to invest in Vieät Nam, say­ing that it would ben­e­fit both sides and help Vieät Nam im­prove its tech­ni­cal, man­age­rial and fi­nan­cial ca­pac­i­ties.

The for­mer Sin­ga­porean PM also sug­gested that Vieät Nam im­prove its in­vest­ment en­vi­ron­ment by re­form­ing and com­plet­ing its le­gal sys­tem, which would at­tract more in­vest­ment. —

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