“The Business relationship between the U.S. and Vietnam continues to be dynamic. According to the United States Foreign Agriculture Service, U.S. exports totaled $3.4 billion in the fiscal year 2020. Vietnam is also ranked as the U.S.’ 7th largest agricultural export market” said Amb. Michael Michalak. “Our annual F&A mission constitutes a key part of our continued engagement with Vietnam, and our members remain committed to the long-term development of Vietnam’s food security, safety, and sustainability.”
The Mission also inaugurated the First Joint Working Group Meeting on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), which was signed in June 2019 during the previous F&A Mission to Vietnam. During the meeting, members proposed new projects and highlighted ongoing contributions to enhance private-public partnerships that strengthen agricultural cooperation in Vietnam.
“Our F&A Committee members have continued to support the growth and development of the agricultural sector of Vietnam, and the MoU is a good platform that would showcase these efforts,” said Mr. Pushpanathan Sundram. “We have established excellent working relations with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development that would facilitate the sharing of information and knowledge as Vietnam seeks to improve its agricultural productivity and the use of innovation and technology.” We plan to work closely with MARD to implement our projects under the MoU that would benefit the agriculture sector and people of Vietnam.”
During the Mission, the delegation met with representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam Food Administration, the National Assembly of Economic Affairs, the National Institute of Agricultural Planning and Projection, the Asian Development Bank – Vietnam, and the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi.
Companies participating in the Mission included Food and Agriculture Committee Chair Elanco Animal Health, Vice Chairs Cargill and Corteva Agriscience, and MSD Animal Health.