Vietnam's exports to increase 10%
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which includes Vietnam, is currently being finalised, while five rounds of negotiations on a free trade agreement between Vietnam and the European Union (EU) were concluded. Other trade agreements are expected to be concluded this year, reports Viet Nam News.
The opportunities for Vietnamese exporters to increase their market share will increase enormously as the 12 countries involved in the TPP agreement make up 40 percent of global GDP and over 30 percent of the total world export-import revenue, according to the minister of Industry and Trade, Vu Huy Hoang.
Vietnam's Trade Counsellor in Belgium and Luxembourg, Vu Ba Phu, forecast that the EU would remain the biggest market for Vietnamese apparel, leather and agricultural products this year, reports Viet Nam News.
Vietnam's Trade Counsellor in the United States (US), Dao Tran Nhan, noted that the US would continue to be Vietnam's largest market and predicted that exports to the US were likely to expand 10 percent this year.
Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association Pham Xuan Hong said that Vietnam would continue to remain a priority destination for textile and garment importers in light of their trend of reducing production in China and relocating to other countries, including Vietnam, in recent years.
General Secretary of the Vietnam Seafood Exporters and Producers Truong Dinh Hoe forecast that shrimp and tra fish would continue to account for the country's key exports in 2014, reports Viet Nam News.
General Secretary of the Vietnam Fruit Association Nguyen Van Ky is optimistic about fruit and vegetable exports this year as well, since global fruit and vegetable consumption is forecast to rise by 5 percent. ■