The forum was chaired by Mr. Le Quoc Doanh - Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development on the Vietnamese side, and on the Australian side was Mr. Andrew Metcalfe - Australian Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Environment.
The forum was organized after a long period of active work by the Vietnam - Australia Working Groups on "Access to markets of plant, animal and aquatic based products" and the Working Group on "Policy and technical support". At the same time, the forum also discussed issues that need to be concerned in the near future such as the role of the logistics system serving the value chain of Vietnamese agricultural products and the innovation of Australia's agricultural trade.
According to the Deputy Minister Le Quoc Doanh, agricultural products trading between Vietnam and Australia has continued to increase in the past years. In 2020, Vietnam exports to Australia agricultural products such as seafood, vegetables, cashew nuts, coffee, pepper, rice, rubber, wood... with a total export value of 645 million USD; and imported from Australia agricultural products including milk, vegetables, wheat, animal feed, beef and raw cows... with a total import value of 923 million USD. Australian products, especially fruit, wheat and beef from Australia to be processed in Vietnam are very welcome in the Vietnamese market. Having this result, there is a significant contribution from the animal, plant and fisheries quarantine agencies of Australia.
The report of the Plant Market Access Working Group states that, since June 2017, Vietnamese dragon fruit and longan have successfully approached the Australian market and Australian cherries have been on the market. In the Vietnamese market, the working group completed the protocol on market access requirements for Australian peaches and nectarines, and commenced the market access work for Vietnamese passion fruit. Market access promotion is carried out for each country's products at the same time to promote positive trade outcomes by ensuring a supply of high quality exports.
Regarding the proposals in the coming time, the MARD asked Australia to support so that products such as unprocessed shrimp and fresh passion fruit could soon access this market. Vietnam also asked Australia to soon recognize the disease-free shrimp production chain of Viet Australia Group and recognize the equivalent of the diagnostic and testing capacity of the laboratories in regions 6 and 7 of Vietnam. The Australian side made proposals for kangaroo, deer meat or fruits such as peaches and nectarines. In addition, the MARD hopes that the two sides will continue to share information on fruit flies in Australia's export fruit regions.
Deputy Minister Le Quoc Doanh highly appreciated the efforts of the working groups in the past time and asked the leaders of the two ministries to jointly support these groups to operate more effectively and practically in the coming time with the spirit of promoting promote joint development of agriculture between Vietnam and Australia.
Deputy Minister Andrew Metcalfe also expressed hope that the MARD and the Australian Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Environment will have more cooperation, not only in agricultural trade, because this forum has open many topics of mutual interest./.