EU trade commissioner visits Vietnam to spur links Tu Hoang By Tu Hoang – The Saigon Times Daily HANOI – EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht arrived in Hanoi on March 17 as part of his four-day trip that also takes in Cambodia and Myanmar to bolster the EU’s trade links with ASEAN countries, The trade commissioner had a meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Hanoi, where both sides appreciated the development of trade ties between the EU and Vietnam. PM Dung told the EU dignitary that he expected the two sides could conclude the FTA in October, paving the way to further strengthen trade links, the official portal www.chinhphu.vn reports. At the meeting, the Vietnamese leader said he hoped the EU would open the door wider for Vietnamese commodities, especially farm produce, fisheries, apparel and footwear products. He also called on the EU to recognize Vietnam as a market economy. The commissioner’s arrival in Hanoi coincided with the start of the 7th round of talks for an EU-Vietnam free trade agreement (FTA). He on March 17 also joined the latest round of the FTA negotiations. The round is running from March 17 to 21. Both sides are…
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