Apr 27, 2016 / 20:26

Sweden appreciates Vietnam’s trade role in ASEAN: The Swedish Ambassador

The Hanoitimes - At a conference held in Hanoi on April 26, Sweden’s Ambassador to Vietnam Camilla Mellander said Sweden appreciates Vietnam’s trade role in ASEAN and the country has many opportunities to be an equal win-win partner with Sweden.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry in collaboration with the Swedish National Board of Trade and Sweden’s Embassy held a conference themed “Vietnam – European Union Free Trade Agreement: Boosting exports from Vietnam to Sweden and the European Union” in Hanoi on April 26. 
Speaking at the meeting, Sweden’s Ambassador to Vietnam Camilla Mellander said that since 2013, Vietnam ranked fourth among the  leading trading partners of European Union (EU) among the 10 ASEAN member countries.

 
Sweden’s Ambassador to Vietnam Camilla Mellander.
Sweden’s Ambassador to Vietnam Camilla Mellander.
The EU is the second biggest importer in the world, Vietnam has every chance to boost its exports to the market, and Vietnam - European Union Free Trade Agreement will effectively promote trade, investment and economic growth for Vietnam and the EU, Camilla Mellander said.
The Swedish diplomat said Sweden appreciates Vietnam’s trade role in ASEAN and Vietnamese enterprises can cooperate with Swedish partners to find out the best solutions to both countries’ markets. 
During the conference, Vietnamese and Swedish trade officials urged Vietnamese exporters to be proactive in making changes to boost their share in the European market. 
Deputy Head of the European Market Department Tran Ngoc Quan said the EU is one of Vietnam’s key partners in the country’s export strategy by 2020 with a vision to 2030. 
Quan suggested the domestic business community to carefully study information on possible impacts to their export products to set up a proactive action plan on orientating markets, seeking partners, and reforming production methods and administration associated with social responsibility and the business culture.