Prime minister Phan Van Khai on March 6 stressed that young business people are a vital force for national development. Speaking at a meeting held the Vietnam Young Entrepreneurs’ Association to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Red Star Awards annually presented to ten of the most successful young entrepreneurs nationwide, prime minister Khai said: “Young entrepreneurs deserve the trust and affection of the people for significant contributions to promoting economic growth and narrowing the gap between Vietnam and more developed countries.”
The prime minister stressed that central and local agencies had been instructed to further improve the production and trade environment for enterprises of different economic sectors and create favourable conditions for them to raise efficiency and competitiveness.
The participants discussed many issues including tax and tax refund, Vietnam’s entry into the World Trade Organisation, the fight against smuggling and trade frauds labour export, capital in business and production, and road safety.
The meeting was a chance for the young entrepreneurs to share experiences in production and business, seek markets and create close links among other young entrepreneurs. The meeting also praised 470 outstanding young entrepreneurs in 2003.