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Vietnamese firms reach deals with Myanmar partners
A number of Vietnamese firms reached partnership deals with Myanmar companies during the Vietnam-Myanmar Trade-Services-Tourism Fair 2017 in Yangon, as part of their market research trip lasting two weeks, according to Sai Gon Giai phong (Liberated Saigon) on April 24.
Luan Thuy Duong, Vietnamese Ambassador to Myanmar, spoke highly of the outcomes of the trip and committed to supporting Vietnamese enterprises in the country.
She urged State agencies to offer more trade promotion programmes to bring more Vietnamese goods to Myanmar and to connect well-established and domestic firms.
Vietnamese Commercial Counselor in Myanmar Vo Thi Ngoc Diep said trade between the two countries soared 26% yearly to US$548.3 million last year, US$461.9 million of which was Vietnam’s exports, up 22% annually.
Vietnam leapt from the 10th last year to seventh place in February 2017 among 49 countries and territories investing in Myanmar with 14 projects with total registered capital of more than US$2 billion, five of them were wholly-owned by Vietnam and the remaining were joint-ventures with Myanmar businesses, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration of Myanmar.
Vietnam has opened 138 representative offices, company branches, joint-ventures and wholly-owned firms in Myanmar. Meanwhile, no Myanmar investor has been licensed to do business in Vietnam.
Apart from seeking consumer goods distributors, Vietnamese businesses also want partners capable of bringing electrical appliances, construction materials and equipment to construction works and factories.
Mechanical engineering firms such as Hong Ky, Nhon Hoa, Quy Phuc, Nhat Linh and Robot introduced their latest products at the fair.
During their trip to Pro 1, CT Mart supermarket chain or Zuzana and Bago wholesale markets in Myanmar, they found out that Vietnamese goods are competing well with goods from China, Thailand and Malaysia.
Myanmar consumers are snapping up made-in-Vietnam products such as Kangaroo household appliances, LIOA electrical devices, Hong Ky machines and Senko electric fans.
Cao Duy Thinh, Executive Director of Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group, suggested seeking partners and inviting them to factories, adding that firms should choose large-scale and prestigious distributors to avoid risks when signing contracts.
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