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Promoting export of agricultural products to Australia

11/05/2020

Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh requested Australia to speed up the implementation of procedures for evaluating and granting import permits for agricultural products and fresh fruits such as passion fruit, rambutan, star apple, durian, seafood.

On the morning of May 8, Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh had a meeting with Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon to discuss solutions to promote trade and investment cooperation between the two countries in the post-COVID-19 period.

This is an important direct exchange between the two ministers since the outbreak of COVID-19, affecting opportunities for direct contact and meeting.

At the talks, the two Ministers focused on discussing issues of cooperating the implementation of the agreement of the Prime Ministers of the two countries on the formulation of the Enhanced Economic Cooperation Strategy, making the two countries one of the top ten trading partners of each other.

Co-operating to open markets for agricultural, forestry and fishery products of the two countries; at the same time, remove difficulties and barriers for import-export enterprises through early restoration of transportation systems, cooperation in diversifying supply chains, avoiding dependence on a few markets.

Promoting investment cooperation, technology transfer in the fields of energy, mining, metallurgy and supporting industries.

Effectively exploiting opportunities from the CPTPP and the plan to implement upcoming collaboration activities in the post-COVID-19 period, etc.

The two Ministers exchanged and evaluated the results of economic, trade and investment activities between Vietnam and Australia in recent years, and discussed and agreed on the plan to implement the collaboration activities between the two countries in the post-COVID-19 period to resume cooperation activities, supply chains between the two countries and collaboration in multilateral frameworks.

On this occasion, Minister Tran Tuan Anh shared and highlighted Vietnam's achievements in coping with COVID-19, including the production and export of the COVID-19 test kit, contributing to joint efforts of the international community in the prevention and control of the pandemic.

Minister Simon Birmingham thanked Vietnam for resuming rice exports, helping rice importing countries, including small countries in the Oceania-Pacific region, to meet demand for foodstuffs.

Minister Simon Birmingham also shared the difficulties of Australian businesses regarding the requirement of certification of origin in the clearance of goods arising in recent time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, requested the Vietnamese side to facilitate  this.

Minister Tran Tuan Anh acknowledged the difficulties of Australian businesses in import and export activities in the time of COVID-19 and affirmed that Vietnam will make every effort to resolve difficulties for businesses. The Ministry of Industry and Trade will consult with the relevant authorities for solution.

The Minister also proposed to Australia to establish closer cooperation mechanisms in important areas such as trade promotion, trade protection to improve the effectiveness of business community support activities, avoid unnecessary conflicts in the trade field.

The Minister said that one of the most effective measures to overcome the impact of COVID-19 is to collaborate more closely in making effective use of existing FTAs.

The Minister encouraged Australian investors to enter Vietnam to take advantage of market access opportunities. Not only the member markets of CPTPP, AANZFTA, in the coming time period, when the EVFTA agreement comes into force, it will create many opportunities for foreign investors including Australian investors.

Regarding market opening, Minister Tran Tuan Anh asked Australia to speed up the implementation of procedures for evaluating and granting import permits for agricultural products and fresh fruits (passion fruit, rambutan, star apple, durian), and seafood.

Especially whole shrimp, which is an important product for the socio-economic development of the Mekong Delta provinces.

Minister Simon Birmingham agreed with the proposal of Minister Tran Tuan Anh and affirmed that he would discuss with the Australian focal point, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, to promote cooperation in opening markets.

 

Kylie Nguyen

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