Advantages and challenges of trade promotion for agricultural, aquatic and forestry products were discussed at a workshop in Hanoi on Dec. 16.

The event, jointly held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), drew the participant of 64 Vietnamese trade counsellors and overseas representatives.

In recent years, Vietnamese exports such as green dragon fruit to the US and Taiwan and seafood to the EU and the US have faced technical barriers.

MoIT Deputy Minister Tran Quoc Khanh said there is a lack of information exchange between state management agencies, businesses, and trade representatives in foreign countries.

MoIT proposed that MARD work together with trade commissions and representatives to boost the signing and implementation of mutual recognition agreements on food safety and hygiene and agreements on technical conditions for agricultural, aquatic and forestry products with Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Middle East, Western Asia and Africa.

The two ministries will employ measures to support and encourage businesses to increase trade promotion activities for the CIS market.

MARD gave its departments the task of studying new US laws and regulations on agricultural issues, namely the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) and the country’s policy on Vietnamese shrimp and fish exports./.