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Vietnam and India: Secretary for International Economic Relations held working meetings with officials from both countries

Friday 25 January 2019
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022/19

Within the context of his participation in the Davos Forum, the Secretary for International Economic Relations of the Foreign Ministry, Horacio Reyser, held working meetings with high-ranking officials from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Republic of India in view of the upcoming trade mission to both countries.

This morning, Reyser met with the Minister of Commerce and Industry of Vietnam, Tran Tuan Anh, with whom he finalized details for the business Forum to be held during the visit. They agreed to hold a high-profile business meeting, in addition to working on sector profiles aimed at achieving concrete transactions in order to continue increasing bilateral trade.

Furthermore, Reyser and Tran discussed the progress made on access to the Vietnamese market for various Argentine products, especially fruits such as citrus fruits, pears and apples, and made progress with regard to the negotiation of agreements in the economic-trade field which will be signed during the presidential visit.

"Vietnam is the world's 5th largest importer of Argentine products and the largest importer in Southeast Asia. Argentine sales to Vietnam have increased by 600% in the past ten years and we are working to continue diversifying our excellent trade exchanges," Reyser stated.

In the afternoon, Reyser met with the Indian Commerce Secretary,  Anup Wadhawan, with whom he discussed the strengthening of the Mercosur-India agreement and considered potential market openings in order to increase bilateral trade. Anup Wadhawan stressed India's interest in evaluating investments in Argentina in mining (lithium), renewable energy sources and Vaca Muerta.

"Given the scope and potential of its market, as well as the interest shown in Argentine products, I consider India to be one of our partners with the greatest potential for access by Argentine products," Reyser stated.

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