Second plenary session of Intergovernmental Slovenian–Vietnamese Commission for Economic Cooperation
The second plenary session of the Intergovernmental Slovenian–Vietnamese Commission for Economic Cooperation, headed by Slovenian Minister of Economic Development Zdravko Počivalšek and Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh, was held in Vietnam on 8 November 2019.
Before the plenary session, the ministers held a bilateral meeting, at which they discussed current issues in economic cooperation between Slovenia and Vietnam. They agreed that opportunities to cooperate exist in various economic fields, and they listed transport and logistics, ICT and tourism as the most promising sectors.
Among all countries in Southeast Asia, Vietnam has the greatest potential to increase Slovenian exports. Despite indicating a positive trend, trade is still below the economic capacity of both countries, totalling EUR 52.2 million in 2018 and EUR 26.2 million in the first half of 2019.
The intergovernmental commission plays an important role in seeking new business opportunities and areas in which to strengthen economic cooperation. At the plenary session, the representatives of both countries talked about concrete opportunities to enhance cooperation in transport and logistics, IT, tourism, agricultural mechanisation and food processing.
Representatives of eleven Slovenian companies attending the plenary session as members of the Slovenian business delegation also held separate meetings with representatives of Vietnamese line ministries.
In addition, Minister Počivalšek opened a business conference in Hanoi, where business opportunities in Slovenia and Vietnam were presented, and more than forty Slovenian and Vietnamese companies held B2B meetings.