Cao Thi Phi Van, Deputy Director of the Investment and Trade Promotion Centre, addresses the seminar in HCM City on December 4 (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – A seminar was held in Ho Chi Minh City on December 4 to seek measures to promote imports and exports between Vietnam and Poland.

The seminar “Import-export opportunities for Vietnamese and Polish businesses” was co-held by the Investment and Trade Promotion Centre of HCM City and the Polish Investment and Trade Agency in HCM City (PAIH).

Cao Thi Phi Van, Deputy Director of the Investment and Trade Promotion Centre, said that Vietnam and Poland had a long business history but the latter had not invested much in the former.

Poland is the sixth largest country in the EU, with a GDP per capita of around 13,800 USD in 2017.

With a large, skilled labour force, the country ranked 24thon the World Bank Group’s Doing Business list last year, according to Piotr Harasimowicz, chief representative officer of PAIH.

According to Krzysztof Hajlasz, business development manager of PAIH, Vietnam mainly exports electronics and equipment, footwear, textiles and agricultural goods such as coffee, pepper, coconut and cashew to Poland.

Meanwhile, Poland mainly exports animal products, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics to Vietnam.

According to Hajlasz, Poland imports a great deal of rice, fruit and oil products from other European countries but very little from Vietnam, which is highly capable of supplying these products.

For instance, many of the rice products that Poland imports every year from European countries are also imported from Vietnam to such countries, then packaged in smaller bags and sold to Poland.

Vietnam also imports a great deal of meat, wood and hard liquor from many countries, but very little from Poland directly, despite their high quality.

The lack of a free trade agreement has limited direct trading, but the EU-Vietnam FTA is expected to change the situation next year.

"In addition, Vietnamese and Polish companies do not understand each other well," Hajlasz said. As such, PAIH wants to help both sides learn more about one another and facilitate direct trade, removing intermediaries.

Vietnam and Poland’s bilateral trade totalled around 1.05 billion USD last year.-VNA