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Polish meat exporters eye VN market

Update: September, 13/2012 - 10:05

 

Imported pork on sale at a supermarket in HCM City. European meat producers are increasingly targeting Viet Nam as a potentially lucrative market for their exports. — VNA/VNS Photo Huu Oai
HCM CITY — Interest in the Vietnamese market is increasing among European meat producers, particularly Polish businesses, according to Agnieszka Rozanska, director of international projects in Union of Producers and Employers of the Meat Industry.

Speaking at a press conference held yesterday in HCM City, she said that Poland was one of the biggest producers of pork and poultry in Europe.

Wojciech Gerwel, economic counselor at the Polish Embassy in Ha Noi, said Poland wanted to strengthen business relations with Viet Nam, especially in the agricultural sector.

Fifty-four per cent of Polish products exported to Viet Nam since the beginning of the year have been agricultural products.

Polish exports of fresh, chilled or frozen pork to Viet Nam increased from 23 tonnes in 2010 to 25 tonnes in the first nine months of the year.

"The EU and Poland can be good partners for the Vietnamese market as suppliers of high-quality meat and meat products, as well as partners for information exchange about technology and quality of meat production," Rozanska said.

South Korea is Poland's biggest importer of meat, with about 20,000 tonnes of frozen pork exported last year.

On June 27, Viet Nam and the EU signed a new Partnership and Co-operation Agreement that will provide a comprehensive framework to further bilateral ties.

The day before, they continued negotiations on a bilateral Free Trade Agreement.

Viet Nam is a key partner within ASEAN and will act as ASEAN coordinator for relations with the EU until 2015.— VNS

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