EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht is expected to arrive at Hanoi on Monday for a two-day visit as part of a trip promoting trade with emerging Asian markets, according to an EU statement released on Thursday.
ââ‚¬Å“Asia represents enormous growth potential for our exporters and I want to tap into new exporting and investment opportunities in this region,ââ‚¬ the EU trade chief was quoted as saying.
Commissioner De Gucht is expected to hold talks with Vietnamââ‚¬â„¢s highest government and party officials in discussion to how to further strengthen EU-Vietnam trade relations.
Bilaterial trade between EU-Vietnam amounted to about $US 16 billion and trade has increased 12 percent annually during the 2004-2008 period.
Vietnam is now EUââ‚¬â„¢s fifth largest trading partner.
A representative from EU Vietnam says details of the commissionerââ‚¬â„¢s visit in Vietnam wonââ‚¬â„¢t be released until his arrival.
Source: Thanh Nien