HA NOI — There was plenty of room for bilateral relations between Viet Nam and Russia to develop further when several barriers are overcome, Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman Vu Tien Loc told a conference yesterday in Ha Noi.
|Tea leaves are processed for export to the European market. — VNA/VNS Photo Hong Ky
Loc outlined the barriers as administrative procedures, ineffective distribution channels, inconvenient payment proceedings, lack of market information and harsh competition from other countries.
He said the forum was an opportunity to get a clearer overview of the Russian market.
Two-way trade between the two nations has grown 17 per cent annually during the past 11 years – from US$400 million in 2000 to about $2 billion last year.
Of these figures, Vietnamese exports contributed $122 million and $1.28 billion respectively, recording an annual growth rate of 25 per cent.
During the first six months of this year, trade rose by 30 per cent against the same period last year to $1.1 billion. And $682 million of this came from Vietnamese exports, up 34 per cent year-on-year.
As of July 17, Russia ranked twenty third among 95 countries and territories investing in Viet Nam. Russian companies have pumped $920 million into 80 projects, mostly in mining, construction, processing and real estate.
However, the figure still lagged behind the potential, Loc said, adding that many Vietnamese exporters faced challenges in penetrating the Russian market.
The chief representative of the Russian Trade Office in Viet Nam, Golikov Urievic, said Russia had been speeding up administrative reforms, focusing on customs and licensing, to make it easier for overseas enterprises.
He encouraged Vietnamese firms to push exports of food, agricultural and seafood products which were in great demand in Russia.
Vietnamese companies at the conference said they were concerned about payment methods, technical transfers and preferential credits for Vietnamese enterprises that wanted to export to Russia. — VNS