Hanoi – 15. December 2020

Vietnam Export Promotion Forum 2020: Towards sustainable export

On December 16, Vietnam Export Promotion Forum 2020 with the theme “Trade promotion for sustainable export development in the context of implementing EVFTA, CPTPP and other new generation FTAs” was taken place in Hanoi. The forum was jointly organized by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Swiss Import Promotion Program (SIPPO), implemented by Helvetas in Vietnam and funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

At the Forum, more than 200 delegates representing relevant ministries & departments, several embassies (Switzerland, Finland, Chile, Russia), enterprises, associations, local and international trade promotion organizations have exchanged information, identified opportunities and prospects for Vietnam's exported goods, discussed on policies to facilitate export and solutions to strengthen coordination among associations towards the goal of sustainable export development. Other main discussion topics includes measures to support businesses in the context of COVID-19, initiatives for trade promotion and enhancing coordination among trade promotion organization, how to effectively take advantages of EVFTA, CPTPP, RCEP and promote trade relations between Vietnam and other countries.

In the panel discussion session, Mr. Vu Ba Phu - Director of the Trade Promotion Department - highly appreciated the support of international organizations, of which Helvetas is one of the most active ones with highly effective projects in Vietnam such as the BioTrade Project or SIPPO Program. He also acknowledged the SIPPO's recommendation to cooperate with international certification orrganizations, involving them into the Vietnam’s trade promotion ecosystem that are being built by Vietrade in the next five years.

The information exchanged at the Forum is not only useful for Vietnamese enterprises to develop business strategies and diversify export markets, but also suggests orientations and solutions for local authorities, industry associations in enhancing their ability to provide support to the business community for sustainable export development./.