HANOI (Vietnam News/Asia News Network): Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Lê Minh Hoan final week prompt EU companies enhance investment in Vietnam’s agriculture, in the path of high-technology, inexperienced requirements and environmental sustainability.
At a working session with Ambassador Pier Giorgio Aliberti, head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam, Hoan additionally known as on the EU to assist Vietnam enhance capability for its co-operatives and improve small-scale agricultural manufacturing infrastructure.
Vietnam is gearing in direction of clear, accountable and inexperienced agriculture, and is making efforts to advertise a quality-based and multivalued agricultural sector, in keeping with the minister.
He prompt FDI companies from the EU export equipment, gear, applied sciences and supplies to Vietnam.
For Vietnam’s exports to the EU, the official proposed the EU ship specialists to Vietnam or set up a consultant workplace in the Southeast Asian nation to oversee meals security earlier than the cargo.
Hoan described the EU as a possible market for tropical agricultural merchandise, together with these from Vietnam, noting that the EU-Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) has created more alternatives and momentum for commerce cooperation between the 2 sides.
In the primary eight months of this yr, Vietnam earned US$2.38 billion from agro-forestry-fishery exports to the EU, up 8.11 per cent year-on-year. Its import worth additionally reached VNĐ542 million, an increase of two.24 per cent.
During the working session, Hoan additionally highlighted Vietnam’s efforts in implementing suggestions by the EU to combat unlawful, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
Combating IUU fishing is a central activity of the agricultural sector and an pressing want for Vietnam to assist the nation develop the fishery sector sustainably, exhibit its accountability and promote its status in the worldwide area.
The ministered thanked the EU for its help to Vietnam in this regard, and affirmed that Vietnam will make all-out efforts to implement related suggestions.
He appealed to the EU to take away the “yellow card” warning imposed on Vietnam as quickly as doable.
Hoan prompt the EU assist Vietnam construct sensible chilly chain logistics connecting the Mekong Delta and Southeastern localities with Cái Mép – Thị Vải Port to spice up Việt Nam’s fruit export to Europe and the Middle East.
For his half, Aliberti stated after two years of realising the Voluntary Partnership Agreement on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (VPA/FLEGT), the 2 sides have cooperated and anticipated to have more in-depth, efficient dialogue in the longer term.
Vietnam will successfully implement the timber legality assurance (VNTLAS), he believed.
The EU would offer Vietnam with technical help to make sure chilly storage for vegetables and fruit for export to the EU, he stated, suggesting the 2 sides proceed to hunt options concerning animal and plant quarantine.
The minister and ambassador shared the view that there’s ample room for commerce cooperation between Vietnam and the EU in agriculture.