Viet Nam, Israel conclude FTA negotiations

Monday, Apr 03, 2023 12:09

Viet Nam and Israel announce the conclusion of the negotiations for their free trade agreement, which lasted for seven years with 12 rounds. — VNA/VNS Photo

Viet Nam and Israel on Sunday announced the conclusion of negotiations for their free trade agreement (FTA), creating a premise for the two countries to sign the deal this year.

The announcement was made at a working session between Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien and Israeli Minister of Economy and Industry Nir Barkat during the former’s ongoing visit to Israel.

Dien said with the reciprocal economies and growing two-way trade, the two countries will benefit much from the agreement, of which negotiations lasted seven years with 12 rounds.

He suggested the two sides step up coordination and delegation exchange to seek and promote cooperation opportunities in trade and investment, and encouraged Israel’s businesses to invest in Viet Nam in such areas as industry, high-tech agriculture, IT, green production and industrial infrastructure.

Dien also called on Israel to share its experience and technology in digital economy, digital transformation and energy transition.

For his part, Barkat agreed to continue with cooperation and exchange activities between the two ministries, as well as organise trade promotion programmes in order to facilitate the operation of the two countries' enterprises, enabling them to optimise the Viet Nam – Israel Free Trade Agreement once it is put into place.

According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade, Israel is Viet Nam’s third biggest importer and fifth largest trade partner in West Asia.

Last year, the bilateral trade reached US$2.2 billion, up 17.9 per cent year-on-year, of which Viet Nam’s export was valued at $785.7 million and its import hit $1.4 billion. — VNS

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