UAE-Vietnam investment forum highlights partnership avenues - GulfToday

UAE-Vietnam investment forum highlights partnership avenues

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The Vietnam-UAE Trade and Investment Forum is in progress in Hanoi on Tuesday.

The Vietnam-UAE Trade and Investment Forum kicked off in Hanoi on Tuesday in the presence of Eng. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy; and Tran Tuan Anh, Minister of Trade and Industry of Vietnam, and with the participation of more than 150 officials, businessmen and investors from both countries to discuss the prospects of economic cooperation during the next phase. The also aims to discuss ways to expand partnership frameworks in various economic fields of common interest.

Al Mansoori said in his speech that the UAE and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam enjoy strong and prosperous bilateral relations. He pointed out that the UAE is the topmost trading partner of Vietnam in the Middle East and North Africa and serves as an excellent gateway for the trade of Vietnamese goods and products with the region. The country is also an attractive destination for Vietnamese companies looking to expand trade and investment in the region’s markets, he added.

He further explained that the strength of this cooperation is well reflected in the figures and indicators of trade between the two countries.

The total non-oil trade between the two sides reached $8.2 billion in 2018, and the UAE accounted for 54 per cent of the total value of non-oil trade between Vietnam and the GCC in the same year. Meanwhile, Vietnam accounted for 39 per cent of the total value of non-oil trade between the UAE and ASEAN countries in 2017, and it is the largest trading partner of the country from the ASEAN region. H.E also praised Vietnam’s outstanding economic performance, adding that the UAE’s investment companies are keen to expand their presence in the Vietnamese markets.

The UAE investments in Vietnam are currently concentrated in the sectors of logistics, ports, maritime operations, aviation, tourism and hospitality, in addition to oil and gas, he said, pointing out the importance of joint work to expand the umbrella of cooperation to include other sectors of mutual interest such as automotive, textile industries, agriculture and food security, infrastructure, renewable energy, R&D, smart cities and technology.

Tran Tuan Anh, Minister of Industry and Trade of Vietnam, hailed his country’s relations with the UAE, emphasizing that it is witnessing a continuous development reflecting the resolve of both parties at the governmental and corporate levels to move towards a broader partnership. He further reaffirmed his country’s desire to develop cooperation efforts with the UAE in various fields.

Obaid Saeed Al Dhaheri, UAE Ambassador to Vietnam, said in his welcoming speech that the scope of bilateral and economic cooperation between the UAE and Vietnam are growing, and the two sides are witnessing an increase in the exchange of visits by officials and trade delegations. This reflects the vitality and momentum of the partnerships and the positive opportunities it offers for cooperation during the coming period. He further pointed out that the UAE-Vietnam Trade and Investment Week is an ideal opportunity to develop a mutually beneficial relationship by discussing opportunities, exchanging views and expanding the network of trade and economic relations for business communities.

The forum witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Customs World - Dubai and Vietnam Logistics Business Association to enhance trade exchange and to facilitate the movement of goods and commodities between and through the two countries to various regional markets, by facilitating procedures, reducing costs and opening up new markets for companies and businesses in both countries.

The UAE delegation includes  Abdullah Bin Ahmed Al Saleh, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy for Foreign Trade Affairs; in the presence of  Obaid Saeed Obaid Al Dhaheri, UAE Ambassador to Vietnam. It also includes  Jamal Al Jarwan, Secretary-General of the Emirates Council for Investors Abroad; Dr. Abdulrahman Al Naqbi, Director General of the Department of Economic Development in Ras Al Khaimah; Sharief Habib Al Awadhi, Director General of Fujairah Free Zone Authority (FFZA); Saif Al Mazroui, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Ports Operating Company at Abu Dhabi Ports; Nadia Kamali, CEO of Customs World - Dubai; Mohammed Nasser Hamdan Al Zaabi, Director of the Trade Promotion Department at the Ministry of Economy; Mishal Kano, Chairman of the Kanoo Group; and representatives from government agencies and private sector entities including Mubadala Development, Essa Al Ghurair Investments and others.

 The UAE-Vietnam Business Forum was held in April on the sidelines of the meeting where businessmen and investors from both countries discussed opportunities for economic cooperation.

Statistics estimated UAE investment in the Southeast Asian country at US$ 3 billion from 2003 to 2017.

The figure is expected to rise driven by high economic growth and friendly investment policy in the Vietnam. In 2018, 36,836 Vietnamese visited the UAE against 888 Emirati visitors who travelled to Vietnam.

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