Mr Sveinung Røren, Director at the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, acted as the EFTA spokesperson while the Vietnamese side was led by Mr Luong Hoang Thai, Director General at the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Building on previous negotiating rounds and exchanges at political level, both sides continued their talks on selected topics. An expert working group discussed IPR at the technical level, while trade in goods, sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS) and government procurement were discussed at the level of heads of delegations. Both sides followed up the meeting and another stocktaking at the level of heads of delegations will take place early next year.
Merchandise trade between the EFTA States and Vietnam reached over USD 3 billion in 2018. The EFTA States exported goods valued at USD 1 billion and imported goods worth USD 2 billion. EFTA’s leading exports to Vietnam were seafood, pharmaceutical products and mechanical machinery, while electronics, footwear and apparel were the largest imports.
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