Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam in July 2022
From 10th to 14th of July, Vietnam was honored to welcome the Commissioner for Agriculture of the European Union to Vietnam - H.E. Mr. Janusz Wojciechowski. The Polish Commissioner was invited for the purpose of promoting European agricultural exports as well as reaping the benefits of the EVFTA.
During the period, the Commissioner gathered a delegation of 50 agri-food companies and organizations. Aside from doing an assessment of agri-food opportunities under the EVFTA, the EU delegation organized a business seminar on July 11th as well. The seminar focused on the characteristics of the Vietnamese market and its consumer trends. The event had the participation of Mr. Pham Tan Cong, Chairman, and President of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI).
Moreover, the EU-Vietnam Agri-food business forum was organized on July 13th. The conference was attended by H.E. Mr. Janusz Wojciechowski; Vietnam's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development - Mr. Le Minh Hoan; as well as the Chairman and President of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) - Mr. Pham Tan Cong. During the forum, business leaders shared their experiences on sustainable agricultural production and insights on a potential win-win partnership between Vietnamese and EU agri-food businesses.
Mr. Janusz Wojciechowski also visited Vietnamese businesses taking part in the project “Promotion of supply and demand of Eco-Fair Agri-food processing products in Vietnam” in April 2020. The European Union funded this meaningful project to initiate and promote the sustainable production of ecologically processed agricultural products in Vietnam.
Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in October 1990, Vietnam has become a key partner for the EU in Southeast Asia. The EU and Vietnam have since cooperated actively in areas concerning political issues, peace, security, global challenges, trade, and development.
The advantages that EVFTA brings to Vietnam's agricultural industry have been impactful. Between 2020-2021, the EU-Vietnam agrifood trade overcame the pandemic to grow by 9% reaching 3.5 billion euros. This number is estimated to grow further in 2022.
As agriculture is an important and developing field, Vietnam wishes to further expand cooperation and ties with the EU in this area. "EU will further encourage businesses to invest in Vietnam, including the agricultural sector," said Mr. Janusz Wojciechowski.