HÀ NỘI — A Vietnamese delegation led by Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyễn Hồng Diên attended economic ministerial-level consultation meetings between ASEAN and its partners – the US, Hong Kong (China), India, the European Union and Russia – held via video conference in the framework of the 53rd ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting on September 14.
At the ASEAN-US consultation, Việt Nam and ASEAN member states thanked the US Government for its donation of COVID-19 vaccines and other anti-pandemic assistance. They also hailed the US as the second largest trade partner of the bloc with a total trade of US$309 billion last year, up 4.6 per cent annually.
At the consultation meetings, the ministers also spent time talking with representatives of the ASEAN-US, ASEAN-India, ASEAN-EU and ASEAN-Russia Business Councils to grasp recommendations of the private sector regarding trade facilitation in the region. — VNS
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