Phuc met with key Vietnamese scientists, post-graduates and students who are working and studying at universities and institutions in various US states.
He said the global economic recession has taken its heavy toll on many global economies, including Vietnam, and with a number of strong measures put in place the national economy has shown signs of bottoming out.
He said he has every confidence that Vietnam will meet its socio-economic development targets set for 2013 despite difficulties.
Phuc shared the participants’ desires and assured them that the government will create a favourable environment for scientists and students to work as soon as they return to Vietnam.
He congratulated the newly-established association of Vietnamese youth and students in the US on its recent successful organisation of the first congress.
“I hope the association will gather all Vietnamese expatriates who have worked and studied in the US to support each other in life and make a practical contribution to the homeland,” said Phuc.
Earlier, Phuc visited Washington DC where he met with US Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and leaders of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Office of US Global AIDS Coordinator.
He also met leaders and staff of the representative Vietnamese Mission to the United Nations and other Vietnamese agencies in New York.