Workshop discusses UK’s green and fair trade with Việt Nam

March 08, 2023 - 17:04
Foreign investors, including those from the UK, are becoming more and more concerned about the environment and climate, said Ambassador of the UK to Việt Nam Iain Frew.
Speakers at the seminar. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — Foreign investors, including those from the UK, are becoming more and more concerned about the environment and climate, said Ambassador of the UK to Việt Nam Iain Frew.

Speaking at a workshop themed “The UKVFTA – Green and Fair Trade with Vietnam” on Tuesday, Frew said his country is delighted that Việt Nam is becoming a regional leader in sustainability, with its ambitious commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050 at COP26.

Jointly hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the UK Embassy in Việt Nam, the hybrid event provides a platform for discussion on the UK’s green and fair trade with Việt Nam through the UK-Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA), commitments on renewable energy generation, plans to implement these commitments and opportunities and challenges in renewable energy development in Việt Nam.

It is expected to help the export business communities of both countries fully tap the incentives from the agreement, especially in the field of green and fair trade – the inevitable development trend of global trade.

In addition to the extensive tariff reduction roadmap, the UKVFTA also creates clear advantages for many products of the strength of both countries to penetrate each other's markets.

On the other hand, with commitments related to sustainable development, the agreement is also an important framework for cooperation activities on green and fair trade.

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Đặng Hoàng An said that Việt Nam is in the transition to fulfil international commitments on sustainable development, energy saving and climate change response.

For businesses, this is an opportunity to create environmentally friendly goods and services, and make them adaptive to increasingly high standards on environmental protection and anti-climate change, he noted, adding that the workshop is the initial contribution to improving social understanding and governance capacity as well as to supporting businesses in addressing new and urgent issues, he said.

Speakers and experts provided more specific information on relevant commitments in the UKVFTA, the UK's green and fair trade policy to meet the requirements of sustainable development and climate change adaptation.

Ways to transition to a green and sustainable trade, standards and notes on “green criteria” for exports to the UK market, as well as cooperation opportunities in renewable energy between the two countries were also put on table.

In 2022, two-way trade between Việt nam and the UK increased 3.3 per cent year-on-year, with many key export products of Việt Nam posting high growth.

In terms of investment, the UK has so far run 507 projects worth nearly US$4.2 billion in Việt Nam. In 2022 alone, there were 53 newly registered projects with a registered capital of $134.66 million by UK firms.

The European nation is now the 15th largest investor out of 141 countries and territories investing in Việt Nam, mainly focusing on renewable energy, finance, banking, and oil exploitation. — VNS