Trade and investment promotion mission to Vietnam
The Sri Lanka-Vietnam Business Council (SLVBC) of the Ceylon Chamber
of Commerce will organise a Trade and Investment promotion mission to
Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam from March 4-8.
"It will certainly boost economic ties between Sri Lanka and
Vietnam", said, ambassador for Vietnam Ton Sinh Thanh at the networking
session held on January 18, 2012 at the embassy of Vietnam in Colombo.
The newly appointed Committee of the Sri Lanka-Vietnam Business
Council (SLVBC) of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce paid a courtesy call
to ambassador Thanh to renew the strong ties established between the
Council and the embassy of Vietnam in Colombo. Recalling the numerous
activities successfully concluded by the Council, the ambassador assured
his fullest co-operation for the proposed trade and investment promotion
mission. The objectives of the mission are enhancing trade, tourism and
investment promotion between Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
The delegates would be provided with an opportunity to meet key
Government officials in Vietnam and visits have already been planned to
various high-tech industrial parks in Ho Chi Minh.
It was also emphasised that many opportunities are in the pipeline to
attract investment from Vietnam to Sri Lanka in areas such as
manufacturing of machinery for agro industry, food processing, fisheries
and oil exploration.
However, due to inadequate publicity and awareness among potential
business partners in Vietnam, the present investment is remarkably low
compared to total Vietnamese investment overseas amounts to US$ 10
President of the Council Anton Godfrey, assured that SLVBC in
association with the Embassy of Vietnam, will launch regular awareness
programs for the benefit of the business community encouraging more
inbound and outbound travel between the two countries.
The Ambassador and three key business personalities who have already
established successful businesses in Vietnam will address the gathering
at the seminar scheduled to be held in early May. In addition, the
Council is exploring the possibility of organising a Single Country
Trade Fair in Vietnam during 2012.
Ambassador Thanh assured the issue of necessary travel documents
within a short time span.