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VN, Idaho firms plan to work together

Update: April, 27/2013 - 10:20

HCM CITY (VNS)— Viet Nam is expected to become one of Idaho's top 10 trading partners in the next decade, according to Laura M. Johnson, head of Idaho's Department of Agriculture's market development division.

"Our state's diverse agricultural products combined with our success in other Asian markets and Viet Nam's economic success" would pave the way for more trade between the country and Idaho, a state located in the US northwest, Johnson said.

Johnson and members of a trade mission, led by the state's governor, C.L. "Butch" Otter, visited HCM City yesterday.

The mission included representatives from10 businesses specialising in agriculture, personal care products, semi-conductor and forestry products.

This is the second Idaho governor's trade mission to Viet Nam, following one in 2008.

The first mission confirmed Viet Nam's position as a potential investment area for the state, Otter said, adding that this year, the mission would begin negotiations for cooperation between Idaho and Vietnamese businesses. —VNS

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