Exchange promotes Vietnam-US fisheries and trade ties

Wednesday, 2019-09-18 17:37:43
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Vietnamese Deputy Ambassador to the US Pham Hung Tam speaks at the event. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – The Vietnamese Embassy in the United States, in coordination with the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) of the US, held a fisheries and trade exchange with NFI members in Washington DC on September 17 on the occasion of the NFI’s policy consultation week with the US Congress.

The event was attended by Vietnamese Deputy Ambassador to the US Pham Hung Tam, Commercial Counsellor of Vietnam in the US Bui Huy Son, NFI President John Connelly, NFI Vice President Robert De Hann, and many other NFI members, who are the businesses operating in the US fisheries industry.

In his remarks, Deputy Ambassador Pham Hung Tam provided information on Vietnam’s commercial fishing sector, as well as the cooperation potential between Vietnam and the US in the field.

He stated that Vietnam has exported its fisheries products to more than 170 countries around the world, with the US remaining the largest importer for years.

The US continued to be among Vietnam’s top four fisheries export markets in the first seven months of 2019 (alongside Japan, China and the Republic of Korea), accounting for 55.9% of the Southeast Asian nation’s total fisheries export value, the diplomat said.

Vietnam’s key fisheries exports to the US include shrimp and tra fish, Tam added.

For his part, NFI President John Connelly said over the past 10 years, the NFI has cooperated closely with the embassy, trade mission and businesses of Vietnam to study, consult policies and develop the market.

The NFI hopes to continue accompanying Vietnam to mobilise the US government to soon determine the recognition of equivalence for Vietnam’s tra fish quality management procedure, and wishes to strengthen cooperation with Vietnamese agencies and businesses in the field of fisheries, he stated.