Vietnam's central localities, India look to push up trade cooperation hinh anh 1Madan Mohan Sethi, Consul General of India in Ho Chi Minh City, speaks at the event.(Photo: VNA)

Khanh Hoa (VNA) – A workshop has been held in the central province of Khanh Hoa, aiming to boost trade cooperation between the central provinces of Vietnam and India.

Dinh Van Thieu, vice chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said the workshop aims to promote the connection, information exchange and cooperation between enterprises of the two countries.

He said that the central region wants to expand markets for its products, especially seafood, Thieu said.

Speaking at the event which was held in both in-person and virtual forms, Madan Mohan Sethi, Consul General of India in Ho Chi Minh City said the number of Indian products imported by Vietnam is on the rise and vice versa.

Sethi said there will be more cooperative opportunities between the two sides in the future.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, two-way trade between the two countries reached 13.2 billion USD last year, up 36 percent compared with that of 2020, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The figure is expected to reach 15 billion USD this year.

In the first three months of this year, bilateral trade turnover between Vietnam and India reached 4 billion USD, a 24 percent year-on-year increase. Specifically, Vietnam exported 2 billion USD worth of products to India and spent 2 billion USD on imports from this country, an increase of 17 percent and 31 percent, respectively, against last year’s figures.

Vietnam is now India’s 18th largest trade partner globally and the fourth largest in the ASEAN while India is the seventh-largest trade partner and the seventh most prominent exporter and the ninth largest importer of the country.

At the workshop, representatives from India introduced the country's seafood processing and agricultural products, which are considered its key export earners. India will hold many programmes to popularise its products to Vietnam in the coming time and seek Vietnamese partners, they said.

Officials from the Departments of Industry and Trade of the central provinces also provided information about their markets and demands to Indian enterprises. They also hoped to promote trade relations with Indian firms./.