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Thailand, Vietnam target $15B in trade
Publication Date : 31-03-2014
With the Asean Economic Community just around the corner, Thailand and Vietnam can further expand their collaboration and maximise the potential for bilateral trade, Thai officials have said.
Speaking at a conference in HCM City on Thursday, Panpimon Suwannapongse, the Thai Consul General in HCM City, said: "Despite the challenging circumstances during the past few years due to international economic crisis, the economic ties between Vietnam and Thailand have been robust."
Bilateral trade revenue reached US$9.4 billion last year, a year-on-year increase of 3.6 per cent.
"I am happy to note that in 2013 Thailand was Vietnam's biggest trade partner in Asean," she said.
Thailand's top exports to Vietnam are plastics, petrol, chemicals, automobiles, steel and machines, while Vietnam exports to Thailand household appliances, steel products, electronics, motorcycles, equipment and frozen seafood.
The two countries have set a target to raise bilateral trade to $15 billion by 2020, she said, adding that, besides boosting investment and trade ties, "one area that Thailand and Vietnam should not overlook is the exhibition industry in which business sectors of both countries possess vast potential".
Jaruwan Suwannasat of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) said more and more Vietnamese businesses had come to visit trade shows in Thailand to seek business opportunities.
Besides focusing on raising the quality of trade shows to attract more foreign visitors, including Vietnam, TCEB will implement programmes to support visitors, she said.
About 3,488 Vietnamese visitors visited exhibitions in Thailand last year, ranking second in terms of foreign visitors visiting trade shows and exhibitions in Thailand, according to TCEB.