<B> Visit of Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to the U.S</B>

Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will pay a working visit to the United States of America from December 10 to 14th to further promote bilateral relations, especially in the fields of economy and trade between the two countries after the ratification of the Vietnam-U.S Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA).

The Deputy Prime Minister will be accompanied by Minister of Trade Vu Khoan; Minister of Planning and Investment Tran Xuan Gia; Minister of Construction Nguyen Manh Kiem and other high ranking governmental officials. A group of over 60 representatives from the Vietnamese business community from both state-owned and private sectors will also join the delegation.

During their stay in the U.S.A, Vietnamese delegation will visit Washington, New York and San Francisco. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will exchange views with high level Administration officials, Senators and Congressmen.

The Deputy Prime Minister and his entourage will participate in a number of Trade and Investment seminars and fora with Vietnamese and U.S business communities in the three cities. The Deputy Prime Minister will also have separate meetings with leading American companies.

In New York, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will pay a visit to Ground Zero.

In San Francisco, the Deputy Prime Minister will meet with Governor of California Gray Davis.

List of Official Delegation

1. HE Nguyen Tan Dung, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister, Head of Delegation;

2. HE Vu Khoan, Minister of Trade;

3. HE Tran Xuan Gia, Minister of Planning and Investment;

4. HE. Nguyen Manh Kiem, Minister of Construction

5. Amb. Nguyen Tam Chien, Ambassador to the US;

6. Mr. Nguyen Van Thao, Assistant to the Prime Minister

7. Mr. Nguyen Quoc Huy, Vice Chairman of the Office of the Government;

8. Mr. Bui Ba Bong, Deputy Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development;

9. Mr. Chu Hao, Deputy Minister of Science, Technology & Environment;

10. Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong Minh, Deputy Minister of Fisheries
11. Ms. Le Thi Bang Tam, Deputy Minister of Finance;

12. Ms. Chau Hue Cam, Deputy Minister of Industry;

13. Ms. Vo Thi Thang, Administrator of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism;

14. Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Van Bang;

15. Ms. Duong Thu Huong, Deputy Governor General of the State Bank of Vietnam;

16. Mr. Tran Quang Binh, Assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister;

17. Ms. Pham Chi Lan, Deputy Chairperson of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce & Trade.

For further information:

Media contact: 202 861 2291

Business contact:

202 547 3800, ext.115 (in Washington)

212 327 9276 (in New York)