At the seminar (Source: VNA)
Hong Kong (VNA) – A seminar promoting rice and farm produce trade was held in Hong Kong on December 16 with representatives from 55 rice businesses taking part.

Kenneth Chan, Chairman of the Hong Kong Rice Merchants Association, said Hong Kong rice firms want to find out about Vietnam’s rice and its import-export policies at the event.

From January-October this year, Hong Kong bought roughly 81,000 tonnes of rice from Vietnam.

Vice Consul General in Hong Kong and Macao Pham Van Cong said Hong Kong enterprises are interested in Vietnam’s rice.

Two-way trade between Vietnam and Hong Kong grew 21 percent in 2014 and 38.5 percent from January-September, said deputy head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Export-Import Department Phan Thi Dieu Ha, adding that Vietnam is willing to work with Hong Kong on rice import and export.

Vietnam is the world’s third largest rice exporter with a total annual volume of 7 million tonnes. Vietnam’s rice is currently available in 135 countries and territories worldwide.

In 2010, Vietnam exported 60,000 tonnes of rice to Hong Kong, and that figure surged to 162,000 last year.

Representatives from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the General Customs Department and the Vietnamese Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macao clarified relevant questions at the event.

The event was co-hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Vietnamese Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macao.

Similar seminars were previously held in China’s Guangxi, Yunnan and Guangdong provinces.-VNA