Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nguyen Xuan Cuong, met with Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay to discuss Canada’s “Safe food for growth” project in Vietnam on February 27 which looks to improve food hygiene.
During the ministerial meeting, MacAulay said that Canada would soon provide Vietnam with about CAD15 million (US$11.3 million) for the said project, as a continuation of the previous “Food and Agriculture Products Quality Development and Control Project” from 2008 to 2014.
Cuong said the two countries had great trade potential, as Canada was one of the most developed countries in the world. Canadian agriculture was advanced with high productivity, and their products did not clash with those of Vietnam, but rather they complement one another. These were important factors that would propel trade and economic growth between the two countries, he said.
“The two sides must create favourable conditions and facilitate Vietnamese and Canadian businesses to increase investment and contribute to the development of the agricultural market between the two nations,” said Cường.