Tim Cook met with prime minister of Vietnam; next stop Indonesia

Joanna Gao, Taipei; Jack Wu, DIGITIMES Asia 0

Photo: Apple CEO Tim Cook and prime minister of Vietnam Phạm Minh Chính. Credit: AFP

Apple CEO Tim Cook concluded his 2-day visit to Vietnam, during which he met with Prime Minister of Vietnam Phạm Minh Chính and promised to expand investment in Vietnam.

Cook arrived in Indonesia on April 16 and is expected to meet with the president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, on the 18th. According to The Voice of Vietnam, Cook met with Phạm Minh Chính in the capital city of Hanoi. Pham hoped that Apple could build Vietnam into a manufacturing center.

Pham affirmed Apple's contribution to Vietnam, integrating Vietnam into the global supply chain, and creating about 200,000 job opportunities in Vietnam in recent years. In the future, both sides will continue to jointly cultivate more highly technical labor and focus on visions such as green manufacturing and clean energy manufacturing.

Cook expressed that he's had a good trip in Vietnam. He met many local developers, creators, and singers. He also visited local schools and startups, stating that there will be increased cooperation with Vietnam and high-quality investments in the future.

Bloomberg pointed out that Apple has promised to expand its investment in Vietnam but has not disclosed detailed figures. Apple claimed it has invested approximately US$15.8 billion in the Vietnamese supply chain since 2019. Currently, Apple has a total of about 70 factories in Vietnam, with over 250,000 employees.

After concluding his 2-day visit to Vietnam, Cook also posted on X (formerly Twitter) on the 16th, stating that he had arrived in Indonesia and would meet with local developers and creators' communities there.