A seminar entitled “ Vietnam , trade and industrial partner in Southeast Asia” took place in the French city of Lyon on November 13.

The event was jointly organised by the Vietnamese Embassy in France ’s Trade Office, the Rhon – Alpes Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Ho Thi Kim Thoa described France as a potential market for Vietnam’s export staples such as garment, leather, footwear, wooden furniture, aquatic and processing farm products.

Thoa suggested enhancing of French language training for the Vietnamese business community and Vietnamese youth in particular to boost Vietnam’s export to the European country.

She also asked the two countries’ businesses to make the most of trade agreements signed between the two countries and the upcoming Free Trade Agreement with the European Union.

French participants expressed their interest in the market, industrial development, and Vietnam ’s policies to attract investment. They said Vietnam needs to tackle some obstacles, especially in infrastructure to meet the demand for socio-economic development.

A number of French businesses registered to visit Vietnam to seek trade cooperation next year.-VNA