Vietnam, M’sia set trade target of US$18 bil by 2025

Vietnam, M’sia set trade target of US$18 bil by 2025

Both countries have vowed to strengthen cooperation in tourism, culture, science and technology, says official

HO CHI MINH CITY – Vietnam and Malaysia have set a bilateral trade target of US$18 billion (RM83.1 billion) by 2025. Speaking at a meeting on June 12, Tran Phu Lu, deputy director of Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City Investment and Trade Promotion Centre (ITPC), said the city will continue to improve its business climate and streamline administrative reform, including creating favourable conditions for Malaysian investors.

He said the ITPC under the city administration regularly organises activities to support city businesses to promote trade and investment, and expand export markets, reported VNS/VNA.

Vietnam and Malaysia have vowed to strengthen cooperation in tourism, culture, and science and technology, among other sectors, he said. The visit by the Malaysian prime minister to Vietnam last year confirmed the strategic relationship between the two countries, he added.

Bilateral trade reached nearly US$14.8 billion last year with Vietnamese exports to Malaysia worth US$5.57 billion and imports US$9.1 billion. HCM City’s total imports and exports with Malaysia last year were estimated at over US$5.4 billion, up 8% year-on-year.

As of the end of March, Malaysia invested in 329 projects in HCM City with a total investment of nearly US$4.9 billion, ranking sixth out of 116 countries and territories investing in the city.

Malaysia is one of Vietnam’s 10 largest trading partners. The two countries are also members of a number of new-generation free trade agreements, which help boost bilateral trade.

The free trade agreements include the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Asean Trade in Goods Agreement, and the Asean Free Trade Area.

Key Vietnamese exports to Malaysia include machinery and equipment and their parts, computers, electronics and components, steel, petroleum, and chemicals. The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1973, which were upgraded to a strategic partnership in 2015.

– Bernama, June 13, 2023

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