Vietnam not expect to import meat later this year due to abundant supply

Saturday, 05/11/2022 20:00
Vietnam’s import of meat and meat products is not expected to increase dramatically later this year thanks to abundant supply at home that basically meets demand, reported Vietnam News Agency.
 The meat counter at Coopmart Can Tho. Illustrative image (Photo: VNA)

Data from the General Department of Vietnam Customs showed that Vietnam imported 191,580 tonnes of meat and meat products worth 417.75 million USD in the third quarter this year, up 4.4% in volume and 24.4% in value from the same period last year.

India, the US, Brazil, the Republic of Korea and Russia were the biggest exporters of meat and meat products to Vietnam in the period. India took the lead with 37,350 tonnes valued at 125.84 million USD, up 164.9% in volume and 180.7% in value year-on-year.

In particular, import of pork continued with the downward trend due to slow demand recovery while that of beef, poultry and buffalo meat was on the rise.

In the third quarter, Vietnam spent 67.07 million USD on importing 31,760 tonnes of pork, down 24.4% in volume and 30.6% in value on an annualised basis.

Brazil, Russia, Germany, Canada and Poland were the biggest suppliers of pork to Vietnam. Brazil topped the list with 11,790 tonnes worth 25.6 million USD, up 8% in volume and down 2.2% in value.

Vietnam urges RECP member economies to fully implement commitment

High-level Forum entitled “RCEP Spurs Higher-level Opening up” was held within the framework of the China International Import Expo (CIIE) which kicked off in Shanghai, China on November 5. (Photo courtesy of Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs) 

Given current regional and international situation, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) member economies should continue to strengthen trust and cooperation, and fully and effectively implement agreements and commitments, Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh said in a pre-recorded speech at the High-level Forum entitled “RCEP Spurs Higher-level Opening up” on November 5.

According to Vietnam News Agency, the forum was held in the framework of the fifth China International Import Expo (CIIE) which kicked off in Shanghai, China on November 5.

In his speech, Deputy PM Thanh proposed RCEP promote areas such as infrastructure connectivity, digital transformation, clean energy, circular economy in association with goals and orientations for sustainable, balanced, inclusive and transparent development.

The Vietnamese Government official suggested that China and major economies give priority and support to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries so that they can make the most of the opportunities brought by RCEP.

Thanh highly appreciated the role of RCEP in the post-pandemic economic recovery, trade liberalisation process and regional and global economic linkages.

Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh said in a pre-recorded speech at the event. (Photo courtesy of Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs) 

The Vietnamese Deputy PM emphasised that as the ASEAN Chair 2020 and the Chair of the RCEP Agreement negotiation, Vietnam made great efforts to promote ASEAN's central and leading role to sign the agreement in November 2020.

The China International Import Expo is one of China's top 10 trade fairs, held annually since 2018. This year, Vietnam is among 10 countries invited to open its national booth online. About 100 enterprises from Vietnam are taking part in the expo with mainly agricultural and fishery products.

Hanoi builds headquarters of Vientiane justice, procuracy sectors as gift

 Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Tran Sy Thanh  and Mayor of Vientiane Capital Athsaphangthong Siphandone at the groundbreaking ceremony for the project. (Photo: VNA)

Construction of new headquarters of the Department of Justice and the People's Procuracy of the Lao capital city Vientiane began on November 5, reported Vietnam News Agency.

The work is the gift of the Hanoi Party Committee, authorities and people to the Lao capital city.

Covering a total area of 2.5ha, the project comprises two three-storied buildings and one one-storied hall, along with auxiliary facilities and technical infrastructure system. It will be built within 12 months at a total cost of 3 million USD.

Vice Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee and Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Tran Sy Thanh pledged to direct agencies concerned to ensure the progress of the project.

The Hanoi official is on a two-day working trip to Laos from November 4, during which he also attended a symposium connecting investment, trade and tourism between Hanoi and Vientiane on November 5. It was a follow-up of a conference on investment, trade and tourism promotion between Hanoi and Vientiane and a Vientiane goods exhibition held in Hanoi in August.

K53 team of Kon Tum begins dry-season search for Vietnamese soldiers' remains in Laos

At the event. (Photo: VNA) 

The Central Highlands province of Kon Tum held a ceremony on November 5 to send off the province's team in charge of searching for and repatriating remains of volunteer martyrs and experts who died in Laos and Cambodia during wartime (Team K53) on its mission in the 2022-2023 dry season, reported Vietnam News Agency.

The team K53 will conduct the search in Attapeu, Sekong and Champasak provinces of Laos and Rattanakiri province of Cambodia during the dry season of 2022-2023.

Speaking at the ceremony, Vice Chairwoman of the provincial People's Committee Y Ngoc said that the search for and repatriation of remains of fallen soldiers in the two neighbouring countries of Laos and Cambodia is an extremely difficult task but a noble one, requiring each officer and soldier to uphold the sense of responsibility and determination to overcome challenges to successfully complete the assigned duties.

The official asked Team K53 members to contribute to enhancing the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the three countries Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in general, and between Kon Tum province and other provinces in particular.

Since the 1994-1995 dry season to now, the K53 team of Kon Tum has found and repatriated 2,050 sets of remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts from Cambodia and Laos. The remains were re-buried in the war martyrs' cemetery of Ngoc Hoi district./.