2013 VBF Midterm
The Vietnam Business Forum (VBF) met on June 3, 2013 in Hanoi and the presence of Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Vu Van Ninh again demonstrated the Government's strong commitment to embrace the dialogue initiative with the business community. Together they are committed to a more favorable investment environment in Vietnam through promoting immediate ACTIONs to accelerate the economic reform agenda.
The Midterm VBF 2013's broad-spectrum appeal and importance was evidenced by the participation of nearly 500 representatives from governmental agencies, donor community, local and foreign business community and media. In particular, more than 10 vice ministers and high-ranking officials from Government ministries attended and addressed pressing issues in various sectors raised by heads of VBF Working Groups. The Forum received significant media exposure via national television (VTV, InfoTV, VOV, HanoiTV, VTC, HTV, among others) (http://vtv.vn/video-clip/131/Thoi-su-19h-03062013/video9995.vtv) and newspapers (http://www.vir.com.vn/news/en/search&q=VBF).
During the Forum, the business community received positive feedback from Government representatives on a number of pressing issues, such as the confirmation to maintain visa exemption for citizens of the seven countries (including Japan, Korea and Russia) visiting Vietnam for periods of up to 15 days; and the establishment of a national AMC to address the NPL problem, just to name a few.