Private sector forum in Ha Noi

Ha Noi, Dec. 13 (VNA) -- "Enhancing the competitiveness of Viet Nam" is the main theme of a private sector forum organized by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank (WB) in Ha Noi today, Dec. 13.

Present at the forum, the third of its kind, were representatives of 29 local businesses, 27 foreign business associations, Government agencies, donor countries and international development organizations.

Participants exchanged views on production, business and investment and proposed solutions for more effective operations of domestic and foreign enterprises in Viet Nam.

Discussions focused on issues relating to legal reform, domestic small and medium-sized enterprises, infrastructures in Viet Nam, knowledge and information technology, and background information on the private sector forum.

In his opening speech, Minister of Planning and Investment Tran Xuan Gia said that the forum was considered a preparatory activity for the Consultative Group Meeting for Viet Nam scheduled for Ha Noi on Dec. 14 and 15. The forum provided an opportunity for representatives of the Vietnamese Government, donors and the local business community to discuss measures to remove obstacles while conducting business operations, thus making Viet Nam's business environment more favourable and attractive, Gia stressed.--VNA