Vice Minister Nguyễn Ngọc Đông, Director General Lại Xuân Thanh, Ambassador Boyce:
I am very pleased to witness the signing today of this Memorandum of Collaboration between Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Authority and Boeing to advance Vietnam’s aviation regulatory system. The ultimate goal of this collaboration is to help Vietnam achieve the regulatory and safety standards required for its commercial airlines to operate direct flights between Vietnam and the United States. The strong and sustained support from Boeing and the U.S. government on this effort is another clear demonstration of our continued commitment to help Vietnam achieve its goals.
As you know, 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the normalization of U.S.-Vietnam diplomatic relations. Equally important for Boeing, this year also marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of their presence in Vietnam. Over the last 20 years, U.S. companies like Boeing have played a critical role in strengthening the relationship between our two countries.
Once established, these direct flights will build yet another bridge to strengthen our relations. Direct flights will encourage increased tourism and business travel between our two countries, which will facilitate even greater people-to-people and commercial ties. The launching of direct flights will also showcase Vietnam’s aviation sector, which has continued to develop and expand its reach in the region and beyond.
The Memorandum signed today is the latest in a long list of activities that Boeing has undertaken to help improve Vietnam’s aviation sector and its aerospace capabilities. Boeing has worked closely with the government of Vietnam to improve aviation safety; it has helped attract investment into Vietnam’s aerospace manufacturing sector and has contributed to improvements in the Vietnam’s higher education system in the fields of IT and engineering. Equally important, Boeing continues to engage in a number of Corporate Social Responsibility programs aimed at improving the lives of the Vietnamese people. We are very proud of Boeing for the contribution they have made to Vietnam and for having the vision to recognize the opportunities that exist in this country.
I would also like to thank Mr. Thanh and his team at CAAV for their hard work to continually raise the standards of Vietnam’s aviation sector. Your work is immensely important to ensure safe travel and facilitate commerce both domestically and abroad. I would also like to thank Vice-Minister Đông for his support of CAAV’s work and for this collaboration with Boeing.
With that I will conclude my remarks and let everyone get back to work so you can get us closer to the launch of the first direct flight between Vietnam and the United States as soon as possible. Thank you.