Updated  
March, 18 2014 08:48:00

PM welcomes EU trade delegate ahead of major talks

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (R) receives European Union Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht in Ha Noi yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

HA NOI (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday received European Union Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, who is in Ha Noi for the seventh round of talks on the Viet Nam-EU free trade agreement (FTA).

Dung said he hoped that the talks, which end on Friday, would be productive so that the agreement could be completed by October.

He emphasised that the early completion of the FTA would bring benefits for both sides.

In addition, the PM suggested the EU quickly recognise Viet Nam as a full market economy.

De Gucht said he was delighted with the outcomes of the past FTA talks and stated that the EU was working closely with Viet Nam to finish negotiations.

The EU is Viet Nam's second largest trade partner and biggest export market.

In November last year, two-way trade hit US$30 billion, 17.35 per cent higher than the figure for 2012. Viet Nam's key export lines include footwear, garments, coffee, timber products and seafood.

EU businesses have largely been involved in the manufacturing, construction and services sectors in Viet Nam.— VNS

Send Us Your Comments:
Name:
Your E-mail address:
Title:
 

VietNamNews may edit your comments and not all emails will be published.

Highlight

Mountains of coal sludge still threat to lives in Quang Ninh Mountains of coal sludge still threat to lives in Quang Ninh

Wiping sweat from his forehead, 36-year-old Trinh Duc Sang took big strides along a road covered with muddy coal sludge and dirt to the place that was his home until just three weeks ago. He climbed a rickety ladder that buckled under his weight to reach his neigh-bour's house overlooking a creek. From there, he crossed into his old home.

Vietnam Airlines launches new-generation Airbus plane Vietnam Airlines launches new-generation Airbus plane

The national flagship carrier Vietnam Airlines held a ceremony on July 2 to receive its first Airbus 350-900 aircraft and announce its upgrade service quality programme and new brand identifying system, marking a major step in bringing the airline into the international arena.

Wounds begin to heal between US, Viet Nam 1    Wounds begin to heal between US, Viet Nam

Pham Ba Lu swore thousands of times that he "would not live under the same sky as the United States".

Mental disorders affect 10% of Viet Nam's population: MoLISA Mental disorders affect 10% of Viet Nam's population: MoLISA

Nearly 9 million people in Viet Nam, or 10 per cent of the population, suffer from mental disorders, including 2.5 per cent with serious mental illnesses under social protection.