HÀ NỘI Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc asked Brazil to facilitate the entry of Vietnamese farm produce, including shrimp and tra fish, into its market during a reception for Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply Terresa Cristina Correa in Hà Nội on Friday.
The PM appreciated the results of the working session between the agriculture ministries of Việt Nam and Brazil during the minister’s visit, which he said would help promote their bilateral partnership in this field.
Acknowledging the positive developments of the comprehensive partnership between the two countries over the past 30 years, PM Phúc affirmed that Việt Nam treasured its relationship with Brazil and wanted to bolster co-operation in trade, investment and agriculture.
PM Phúc suggested the two countries increase the exchange of delegations and promote trade and investment.
He added the two sides should hold the third meeting of their joint committee to build specific programmes and projects for bilateral co-operation, while encouraging their businesses to set up partnership in fields of potential and mutual strength.
He said Việt Nam was willing to serve as a bridge for ASEAN and Mercosur, and proposed the two sides work together on studying the possibility of starting negotiations on a Việt Nam-Mercosur trade agreement.
The Vietnamese PM also recommended increasing co-operation in defence and education.
He took the occasion to thank Brazil for supporting Việt Nam’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2020-21 tenure.
The Brazilian minister said Brazil attached importance to ties with Vietnam, and her current visit aimed to promote co-operation with Việt Nam, especially in agriculture, a field in which both countries had great potential for development.
Brazil wanted to export farm products such as beef, she said, adding the presence of representatives from around 20 Brazilian firms in her delegation demonstrated the attention that Brazilian businesses paid to Việt Nam.
Brazil is Việt Nam’s biggest Latin America trade partner, and the second biggest in America, just behind the US. VNS