A farmer harvests dragon fruits in a farm in Long An Province. Việt Nam suggested that Egypt open the market for a number of Việt Nam’s agricultural products, including dragon fruit, lychee and ginger. — VNA/VNS Photo
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam and Egypt have reached a consensus on several measures tackling difficulties in export-import amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the second meeting of the Việt Nam – Egypt Sub-Committee on Trade and Industry Cooperation held virtually on Wednesday, both sides reviewed trade and industry cooperation since the first meeting in April 2018 and discussed regional and global situations affecting bilateral economic ties.
They debated cooperation opportunities in industry, orientations and measures to further improve bilateral economic connectivity, and remedy the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two sides agreed to build a mechanism to share information regarding market demand, export-import management regulations, quarantine, and goods quality management.
They expressed a wish for further collaboration among relevant agencies to offer market navigation opportunities to each other, especially for agro-fishery products, in line with bilateral and multilateral international commitments.
Online trade and investment promotion activities will be held to link the two countries’ investors and businesses together amid the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, logistics cooperation opportunities will be enhanced, including building logistics projects, holding seminars and training human resources in the field.
They also shared each country’s industrial development policies and priorities to seek cooperation opportunities in trade and investment, as well as exploring the possibility of joint work in electricity, apparel, chemicals, automobiles, construction materials and telecommunications.
On this occasion, Việt Nam suggested that Egypt open the market for a number of Việt Nam’s agricultural products, including dragon fruit, lychee, ginger and turmeric; as well as support and create favourable conditions for Vietnamese enterprises exporting to Egypt to meet requirements set by the country.
The successful session once again affirms the importance of the mechanism of the Việt Nam – Egypt Sub-Committee on Trade and Industry Cooperation to strengthening economic and trade cooperation between the two countries, especially in the context that world and regional trade activities are facing many difficulties, with increasing protectionism and trade tensions between major powers.
According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Egypt is currently one of the most important trade partners and a potential market of Việt Nam in North Africa.
Data from Việt Nam Customs shows that the two-way trade between Việt Nam and Egypt in 2020 reached US$515 million, up 4.8 per cent against 2019. In the first six months of 2021, Việt Nam’s export turnover to Egypt was $238.7 million, a year-on-year rise of 11.4 per cent.
Việt Nam’s main exports to Egypt include computers, electronic products and components; metals; fiber; machinery and equipment; seafood; cashew; phones and accessories; pepper; coffee; vegetables; and garments.
Meanwhile, the country imports vegetables and fruits, plastic materials, DAP fertiliser, and raw materials for textile and footwear production. — VNS