Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam on December 3 had a meeting with Chinese Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Qu Dongyu, during which they expressed their delight at the sound collaboration between the two ministries across the fields of plantation, husbandry and aquaculture.
Discussing measures to develop agriculture and rural areas in both nations, they agreed to set up a ministerial dialogue mechanism every six months besides the annual meeting of the Vietnam-China joint committee on agricultural cooperation.
The same day, Nam had a working session with the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) which is responsible for supervising animal and plant quarantine and food safety.
During his talks with Deputy Customs Commissioner-General Zhang Jiwen, Nam hailed efforts made by both sides in opening the Vietnamese agricultural market, and affirmed that the Southeast Asian country always focuses on accelerating agro-forestry-fishery trade with China.
Vietnam is working to develop brand names for its agricultural products to ensure that more quality goods will be consumed in the Chinese market, he said, hoping that the GACC will create favourable conditions for more Vietnamese farm produce to enter the market.
The two sides reviewed the implementation of agreements on animal and plant quarantine, and seek measures to boost trade via border gates, ensuring mutual benefits of the Vietnamese and Chinese people.
They agreed to build a regular cooperative mechanism as well as support training and information exchanges between units of the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the GACC.