The event was held on the occasion of the week for policy consultation with the US Congress in the country’s capital city.
Vietnamese Vice Ambassador Pham Hung Tam said the event showed the NFI’s attention to enhancing partnership in fisheries trading with Vietnam.
He noted Vietnam has continually been among the top 10 fisheries exporters in the world. It has shipped its aquatic products to over 170 countries, with the US remaining the biggest market for many years.
In the first seven months of 2019, the US was among top four markets of Vietnamese aquatic products, with 802.56 million USD worth of aquatic products imported from Vietnam, up 1.1 percent from year on year.
For his part, NFI President John Connelly appreciated the Vietnamese Embassy and trade office’s organisation of the exchange. He said every year, after the summer break of the US Congress, the NFI holds activities to meet members of the parliament to reflect the views of fishery businesses so as to help create a policy environment favourable for the development of a transparent fishery market that most benefits society.
Over the last 10 years, the NFI has worked closely with the Vietnamese Embassy, trade office and enterprises to work on and submit policy proposals to help with the market development. Its members have also coordinated actively with Vietnamese businesses, thus contributing to the impressive development of the country’s fisheries sector, he noted.
Connelly added the NFI hopes to remain a companion to Vietnam to call on the US government to soon recognise Vietnam’s tra fish quality management process. It also wishes to continue cooperating with Vietnamese agencies and companies in the field of fisheries./.
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