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CCC, Vietnam explore opportunities in agro

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The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) hosted a high-level delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam, engaged in a working visit to strengthen bilateral relations between Vietnam and Sri Lanka, in the fields of agricultural, forestry and fishery.

Organized in association with the Sri Lanka – Greater Mekong Business Council and the Embassy of Vietnam in Sri Lanka, the delegation led by Le Minh Hoan, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam, comprising high-ranking officials of the Ministry and prominent entrepreneurs of Vietnam’s agriculture sector.

Highlighting Vietnam’s competitive advantage in agricultural, forestry, and aquatic products and the country’s global ranking in agricultural exports, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for Vietnam, Le Minh Hoan stated that bilateral agricultural trade between Vietnam and Sri Lanka has potential for growth. Further, he highlighted the respective strengths of the two countries to complement mutual progress and development.

A roundtable discussion explored opportunities for collaboration in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries and facilitated exchanges of trade and industry models, establishing connections with business and industry associations in Sri Lanka.

Chairman CCC, Duminda Hulangamuwa, welcomed the delegation’s opportune timing, stating that following on from the gateway of opportunities presented by the recently inked Sri Lanka-Thailand Free Trade Agreement SriLanka will continue to explore prospects for increased collaboration in the region.

“Sri Lanka is strong in several agricultural sectors, with tea, fruit and vegetables especially, having strong export potential to Vietnam.Similarly, Vietnam’s progressive technology can strengthen the agriculture sector in Sri Lanka,” he added.

Ambassador of Vietnam to Sri Lanka Ho ThiThanhTruc added that given the similarities in topography and climate between the two countries, partnerships to develop the agriculture sector were particularly relevant, and invited the delegates from both countries to make use of the opportunity to forge connections.

President of Sri Lanka – Greater Mekong Business Council S.M.D. Suriyakumara assured the delegation of the Council’s cooperation in facilitating trade and investment cooperation in the agricultural sectors of Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The event was followed by B2B sessions.

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