The Vietnamese team salute the national flag before a match (Photo: VNA)

With two wins and one loss in the final matches in group G of the second qualifiers in the United Arabian Emirates (UAE), Vietnam earned 2.79 more points and ranked 11th among 12 teams competing in the third qualifiers. Lebanon ranked in the 12th position.

The No. 1 group comprises Japan and Iran. Meanwhile, Australia and the Republic of Korea are in the No. 2 group, Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the No. 3, Iraq and China in the No. 4, and Oman and Syria in the No. 5 groups.

The 12 teams will be divided into two groups, each has six teams.

The draw is scheduled to take place on July 1 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Vietnam Airlines licensed to operate flights to Canada

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has received a Foreign Air Operator Certificate (FAOC) issued by the Transport Canada, allowing it to operate flights to the North American country, reported Vietnam News Agency.

Illustrative image (Photo: VNA)

The FAOC took effect on June 11 with unlimited time and number of flights.

Accordingly, the carrier could operate flights carrying passengers and cargo between Vietnam and all airports in Canada. The earliest flight is scheduled to take off on June 30.

Vietnam Airlines is the first carrier in Vietnam to receive Canadian authorities' permit to run flights to the country.

The carrier is building a plan to conduct flights between the two nations, with Toronto and Vancouver as its major destinations.

With a total distance of over 20,000km and two-way flight time of over 30 hours, the airliner will use wide-body aircraft Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 for the service.

Earlier, it received the FAOC for the first time which was valid from July 13 to October 13, 2020 and extended till November 15, 2020.

Vietnam targets 41 billion USD in agriculture export in 2021

The agriculture sector is set to earn 41 billion USD from export in 2021, reported Vietnam News Agency according to Vu Ba Phu, head of the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).

Thieu lychee of Vietnam at a supermarket in Paris, France (Photo: VNA)

To this goal, developing processing is a key solution to raising product value, thus increasing export earnings, which is also in line with the Government’s goal of entering the top 15 countries with advanced agriculture, and top 10 with modern farm produce processing industry.

In fact, efforts to modernize and further promote technology application in post-harvest processing have resulted in an increase of between 5-7 percent in the agriculture sector’s annual added value, pushing the average export turnover up by 8-10 percent per year.

Nguyen Thanh Tuan, deputy director of the Department of Industry and Trade of the central province of Phu Yen said post-harvest processing is considered a key step in increasing the value of agricultural products and reducing losses, thus helping businesses to seek appropriate markets for their products.

The model of production and consumption chain in this field has also contributed to improving the value of agricultural products.

According to Nguyen Quoc Toan, director of the agricultural products processing and development department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), localities nationwide have attracted over 70 investment projects worth over 59 trillion VND (over 2.54 billion USD) in processing agro-aquaculture-forestry products since 2017.

The country earned 22.58 billion USD from exporting agro-forestry-aquatic products in the first five months of 2021, up 30.1 percent year-on-year, the MARD reported.

Notably, the export value of key farm produce reached an estimated 7.78 billion USD in Jan-May, 13 percent higher than that of the same period last year.

Meanwhile, the export of forestry, livestock and aquatic products climbed to 7.06 billion USD, 166 million USD, and 3.24 billion USD, up 61.8 percent, 43.9 percent, 12 percent respectively.

Joining free trade agreements such as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), the UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA), and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), has helped Vietnam’s farm produce make inroads into large markets, thus pushing its agricultural exports in the reviewed periods, especially aquatic products, vegetables and fruits, rice and tea.

The MARD and the MoIT have organised online conferences with localities to seek solutions to help localities in selling their farm produce amidst complicated developments of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Attention has been also paid to introducing products on prestigious e-commerce platforms such as Alibaba, Amazon, Sendo, Voso and Shopee./.

Compiled by BTA