Vietnam’s growth story makes waves worldwide: Indian Ambassador
|Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Sandeep Arya. (Photo: India Embassy in Vietnam)
In an interview granted to the Vietnamese media on the occasion of the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival, Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Sandeep Arya stressed that Vietnam is looked at as one of the fastest growing economies globally, and the country’s economic achievements are extremely impressive.
He predicted that Vietnam's economy could grow by 6.8% or something of that kind for 2023.
The General Statistics Office (GSO) of Vietnam recently reported that the country's GDP expanded by 8.02% in 2022, the fastest pace annually since 1997. The figure is higher than an official growth target of 6.0%-6.5% and growth of just 2.58% in 2021 due to impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He stressed: “Vietnam’s growth story and economic achievements are really making waves around the world”.
Indian Ambassador revealed that before taking up duty in Vietnam, he met leaders and representatives of businesses of India who showed their special sentiment for Vietnam, impression of Vietnam’s economic growth, and support for stepping up cooperation with the Southeast Asian nation.
He believed that Vietnam is performing well, noting that the momentum which Vietnam has generated in terms of its economic growth, foreign trade, and foreign direct investment attraction, and other economic indicators, have really shown that Vietnam will be “a promising story” in the years to come.
According to Indian ambassador, there is ample room for his country and Vietnam to take important strides in cooperation in the future.
He suggested sustaining joint working mechanisms and trade sub-commissions between the two governments to explore these opportunities, considering possibilities of cooperation in infrastructure development, digital technology, fintech, oil and gas exploration, defence technology, and direct shipping link.
The Indian diplomat affirmed: “If we look at FDI attraction and other economic indicators for both countries, India and Vietnam are going to be leaders in terms of global economic growth, so there are humongous opportunities for both countries to do more in terms of trade, business and investment collaboration, joint venture and in various other related areas, maybe agriculture, food processing, and energy”.
The ambassador showed his optimism about the bright future of the bilateral ties, elaborating that together with a firm foundation from long-standing traditional friendship, the two countries have supplementary economic models and experience to share with each other.
He stressed that the prospects are “very bright” for India and Vietnam to enlarge their relations.
The Indian Ambassador stated: “Next year, we are looking at three or four pillars of our relationship which have been already well established, including trade and investment, defence and security, and people-to-people exchange.”
The Ambassador also spotlighted the fruitful development of the Vietnam-India diplomatic ties, stating that the relationship was deeply rooted on the basis of a strong political trust, a sense of solidarity, mutual understanding and support. He also added that the relationship serves as a strong foundation for the two countries to advance their numerous-pillar cooperation, including politics, economic and trade, defence and security, culture, and tourism, in the years to come.
For his part, he stated that there are a lot of new ideas which he intends to explore and discuss with authorities of Vietnam, affirming that the Vietnam-India relations has a really solid foundation to move forward in the years to come. He pledged to do his best to make them as part of “successful growth story” between the two countries.
As a new-comer, Ambassador Arya said he is quite excited about what he experiences and witnesses by himself in Vietnam in the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival. He took the occasion to extend New Year greetings to the leaders and people of Vietnam, wishing Vietnam a lot of success and prosperity in the year ahead.