HANOI, 20 December 2011 – A new information Centre will help Vietnamese enterprises exporting their products to the European market better understand EU regulations, including the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals as well as the restriction of hazardous substances.
The Centre was launched today as part of a joint project of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
The USD 3.5 million project is funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and supported by the Ministries of Science and Technology, and Agriculture and Rural Development.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Nguyen Nam Hai, said: “The EU has been a very important trading partner of Viet Nam, accounting for 17 per cent of the country’s trading volume with the world. The EU-Viet Nam bilateral trade volume has increased from USD 4.1 billion in 2010 to USD 17.75 billion in 2010, of which exports increased from USD 2.8 billion to USD 11 billion respectively”.
The UNIDO Representative in Viet Nam, Patrick Gilabert, added: “As part of the regional and international integration, particularly after WTO accession, Viet Nam is facing both opportunities and challenges. To reap the full benefits of its WTO membership, the country needs to comply with its commitments under the agreements on technical barriers to trade and sanitary and on phytosanitary measures. These agreements are based on the implementation of international standards and regulations related to environment, human and animal health.”
SECO Deputy Country Director, Brigitte Bruhin, said: “The new Centre will offer companies information and advice with regard to technical requirements, standards and specifications. This will help further strengthen the competiveness of Vietnamese companies, and make it easier for them to find new markets. The information Centre will contribute to the implementation of WTO regulations and market requirements.”
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UNIDO Representative in Viet Nam