Vietnam, Algeria step up agro-fishery cooperation hinh anh 1Minister of Construction Pham Hong Ha (L) and Algerian Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries Abdelkader Bouazghi. (Photo: VNA)

Algiers (VNA) – Vietnam is willing to assist Algeria in developing agriculture and aquatic cultivation, said Minister of Construction Pham Hong Ha, who is head of the Vietnamese sub-committee of the Vietnam-Algeria Inter-Governmental Committee.

Ha made the statement while meeting with Algerian Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries Abdelkader Bouazghi in Algiers city on November 27. The meeting was part of the 11th meeting of the Inter-Governmental Committee.

Vietnam always encourages Algerian businesses to boost farm produce exports to Vietnam and vice versa, Ha noticed, adding that the Southeast Asian nation is willing to discuss and ink new MoUs with Algeria to facilitate the import and export of each other’s agricultural products.

However, he said, both sides need to draw up specific roadmaps to finalise new commitments, creating favourable conditions for businesses of the two countries to boost trade collaboration.

For his part, Abdelkader Bouazghi stressed that Algeria wants to learn from Vietnam’s experience in agriculture and fishery sectors.

He said the two nations should facilitate their enterprises to cooperate in aquaculture projects.

Thanks to its intensive investment in agriculture, Algeria, previously an importer of farm produce, has exported some agricultural products like date and potato to Spain and France and olive to Italy, he highlighted, noting that an Algerian business is working with Vietnamese partners to ship date to the country.

Abdelkader Bouazghi suggested establishing working group to check legal frameworks which impede agricultural cooperation between the two countries, and to recommend ways to bolster trade ties in the coming time.-VNA