What do you comment on the economic cooperation between Poland and Vietnam?
Economic relations between Vietnam and Poland have developed very well for many years. Vietnam is Poland's most important trading partner in Southeast Asia and Poland is Vietnam's number one trading partner in Eastern Europe. Despite COVID-19, the economic relations between Vietnam and Poland have been still developing very well. In 2021, the two-way trade turnover reached nearly US$2.6 billion. In the first nine months of 2022, the total import and export turnover of the two countries reached more than US$2 billion. The main areas of cooperation are agricultural products, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, green technology and wastewater treatment.
What fields need to be promoted to improve trade ties?
We are working now to accelerate the trade between Poland and Vietnam.
We recognize that the agricultural and food sectors need to be further strengthened. These are areas that Poland and Vietnam are not competing but complementing each other.
The agriculture ministries and sectors have also carried out many procedures to facilitate the entry of Polish food into Vietnam, such as beef, duck or goose meat.
In addition, the two countries can also promote cooperation in industry or machinery and information technology.
What is the most potential field for cooperation and how should VCCI support business cooperation?
The most promising field is information technology.
I know that the Vietnamese government is accelerating the process of digital transformation, e-government or smart cities. I hope that with the support of VCCI, Vietnamese companies will be able to access the best offers from Polish information technology companies.
The Polish Chamber of Commerce and the Polish Embassy will promote information on the capabilities of Polish businesses to Vietnamese businesses.
I think, the two sides can coordinate to organize networking sessions or meetings between businesses of the two countries next year. We look forward to VCCI's support in connecting enterprises and bilateral trade promotion activities.
VCCI President Pham Tan Cong:
Vietnam and Poland have developed a friendly and cooperative relationship since the 1950s. I am delighted to see that Poland has a strong economy today. With the good traditional relationship between the two countries as well as many areas of potential cooperation, I think that the import and export turnover between Vietnam and Poland will have great growth opportunities. With a population of nearly one hundred million, Vietnam needs to import a lot of items, especially those that Poland has strengths in, such as agriculture, information technology, machinery and equipment.
VCCI is always willing to support Polish businesses to find markets and investment partners in Vietnam so the cooperation between the two sides can achieve the highest efficiency.