A conference to help Vietnamese businesses meet technical standards and requirements when exporting to the European Union was held in Hanoi on June 19.

The conference, part of the EU trade and investment policy assistance project, aimed to help private firms exporting to the bloc to improve their capacity and prepare strategies in accordance with the principles and technical norms of the market, said Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Quoc Khanh.

He added that this is particularly timely as the Vietnam-European Union free trade agreement (FTA) is expected to be signed later this year.

This conference helped Vietnamese negotiators understand the capacity and difficulties of Vietnamese private firms in implementing the EU’s principles and standards.

The EU is Vietnam’s largest importer and fifth biggest goods provider, said Nguyen Thi Quynh Nga, deputy head of the ministry’s multi-trade policy department.

She added that the FTA between two sides is expected to offer opportunities for business operations as well as challenges for import-export activities.

Participants were presented an overview of the Vietnam-EU FTA and obstacles relating to technical standards when exporting goods to the European market.-VNA