The event was held on the occasion of the week for policy consultation with the U.S. 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 U.S. remaining the biggest market for many years.

Vietnamese Vice Ambassador Pham Hung Tam addresses the event.

In the first seven months of 2019, the U.S. was among top four markets of Vietnamese aquatic products, with USD 802.56 million worth of aquatic products imported from Vietnam, up 1.1 percent year on year.

For his part, NFI President John Connelly appreciated the Vietnamese Embassy and trade office’s organization of the exchange. He said every year, after the summer break of the U.S. 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 favorable 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 U.S. government to soon recognize Vietnam’s tra fish quality management process. It also wishes to continue cooperating with Vietnamese agencies and companies in the field of fisheries.

Source: VNA