Mutual Understanding: The Future of a Stronger, More Comprehensive U.S.-Vietnamese Partnership

From left: Tiffany Atwell, Global Government and Industry Affairs Leader at Corteva; Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc; Ambassador Stuart Holliday.
From left: Tiffany Atwell, Global Government and Industry Affairs Leader at Corteva; Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc; Ambassador Stuart Holliday.

On December 14, 2018, Corteva partnered with the Meridian Corporate Council to host a breakfast program featuring the Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, His Excellency Ha Kim Ngoc. Ambassador Ngoc started his remarks by re-affirming his belief in people-to-people exchanges and mutual understanding between the United States and Vietnam, two values that Meridian commits itself to. Mutual understanding, the Ambassador commented, is the key to a successful, mutually beneficial partnership, from which innovation and economic relations can grow between the U.S. and the Indo-Pacific.

With the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam coming up in 2020, Ambassador Ngoc reinforced that the nations’ cooperation on key global issues, such as technology, defense, security, and the economy is paramount to their sustained relationship. He also said there are ample investment opportunities for U.S.-based companies to expand, thanks to domestic reforms that allowed the country’s economy to be named one of the top 50 largest world economies by the International Monetary Fund. Vietnam is also the 16th largest investment partner of the U.S. In turn, the U.S. is the 12th largest investment partner in Vietnam.

Ambassador Ngoc emphasized that Vietnam is committed to stronger cooperation with the United States, particularly involving issues of trade and tourism. The conversation following the Ambassador’s remarks touched on how developing direct flights from Los Angeles to Ho Chi Minh City by 2020 would be able to promote tourism, and thus further economic ties and mutual understanding between the two countries. Ambassador Ngoc said he looks forward to Vietnam becoming a robust ally of the U.S.

Sponsors

Corteva Agriscience
DuPont

Project summary

Mutual Understanding: The Future of a Stronger, More Comprehensive U.S.-Vietnamese Partnership | December 2018
Number of Attendees: 31
Regions: East Asia and Pacific
Countries: Vietnam
Impact Areas: Business and Trade
Program Areas: Convening
Partners: Diplomatic Corps, Private Sector