A conference to introduce Canada ’s potential and policies supporting foreign businesses was held in Ho Chi Minh City on December 9 by the Canadian Consulate General and the city’s Business Association.

Vietnam is a priority market in Canada ’s Global Markets Action Plan and International Education Strategy, said Marcel Laneville, Senior Trade Commissioner of the Canadian Consulate General.

He highlighted that two-way trade between the two countries has experienced a high growth in recent years, reaching to 2.5 billion CAD in 2013. He described it as an impetus for the two sides to foster bilateral cooperation in many fields such as economics, culture and tourism.

La Thi Lan, Deputy Chairwoman of the city’s Business Association, spoke highly of Canada ’s potential market, saying many Vietnamese businesses are seeking effective channels to penetrate into the promising market.

She added the Vietnamese business community hope that Canadian relevant agencies will facilitate them to conduct market survey and seek partners, while easing administrative procedures.-VNA