The Vietnamese Government will continue creating all possible conditions for the world's major IT groups, including Google, to expand operations in the country, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung promised.
The Government leader called on Google to support and expand its co-operation with Vietnamese partners while receiving Google CEO Sundar Pichai in Ha Noi yesterday.
At the meeting, the Prime Minister lauded Google's global fame and brand, especially its contributions to popularising knowledge and increasing information and education access for people worldwide.
Viet Nam is experiencing a "golden population structure," the host said, adding that 52 per cent of the 93-million population have Internet access and most of them use Google.
PM Dung highlighted Viet Nam's market economy, intensive integration, economic, trade and investment ties with almost all economies globally, and the country's incentives for the information technology (IT) sector.
For his part, Sundar Pichai applauded Viet Nam's development as well as its great potential for IT development.
He expressed his hope that Google will have more opportunities to expand its operation in the Southeast Asian nation following the signing of the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement to which Viet Nam is a signatory.
He revealed that his group would implement a number of projects to help Viet Nam train IT engineers and experts, promote the country's tourism and support small and medium-sized enterprises in entering the world market via e-commerce.
Google expected that Viet Nam would become one of the group's most important markets, he said, pledging to work harder in the time ahead to further contribute to the country's socio-economic and IT development.
Google always abides by laws, including those regarding tax, in any country where the group is operating, according to Pichai.
As a leading US IT group, Google has an estimated market cap of US$367 billion (S$515 billion).