CPEC offers lucrative investments opportunities: Vietnamese envoy

Gwadar Pro

Islamabad: Ambassador of Vietnam to Pakistan Nguyen Tien Phong has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) offered lucrative investments opportunities.

He maintained that Vietnam’s turnover in the first 10 months of 2022 was US $ 675 billion with imports of US $ 333 billion and exports US $ 342 billion, therefore, Pakistan also has great scope to enhance its trade and exports with Vietnam.

Addressing the business community during his visit to Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), he mentioned that CPEC had played a great role in developing undeveloped areas in Pakistan.

He highlighted that Vietnam was importing many products including cotton yarn, medicines, surgical instruments, leather products, fabrics, chemicals, meat and mutton products, pet food, fertilizers and Pakistan should enhance exports of these products to Vietnam to take the bilateral trade to over US $ 1 billion.

He acknowledged that Pakistan had a talented workforce in Information Technology and software field and Vietnam has good demand for these professionals, so Pakistan can increase the export of its IT manpower to Vietnam.

The Vietnam Ambassador stressed that ICCI should form a delegation for Vietnam and he would fully support in making its visit successful. He said that exchange of trade delegations is important to explore new avenues of mutual cooperation.

He termed consistency, continuity and stability as key requirements for Pakistan to attract foreign investment from Vietnam, ASEAN and other countries.

He appreciated the ICCI plan for organizing Pak-ASEAN Forum and assured that he would fully support it.

Speaking at the occasion, Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari, President ICCI said that Pakistan and Vietnam were enjoying cordial relations, but their bilateral trade was just around US $ 700 million in 2021, which was far below their actual potential.

He stressed that the investors of Vietnam should explore business opportunities in CPEC and in other sectors of Pakistan’s economy.

He contended that the main reason of low trade was the lack of awareness about business opportunities between the enterprises of both countries. He stressed for promoting strong business linkages between the private sectors of both countries in order to explore all untapped areas of mutual cooperation in order to make significant growth in trade volume.

The ICCI President remarked that Pakistan and Vietnam can cooperate in many sectors including IT and software, agriculture, education, energy and culture. He said that both countries had been discussing a Preferential Trade Agreement, which should be finalized to boost bilateral trade.

He said that Vietnam was an important member of ASEAN block and close cooperation of Pakistan with it could provide us easy access to the big ASEAN market.

He opined that Vietnam should consider investing in smartphone and computer chips, parts and accessories in Pakistan as Vietnam is one of the most advanced and large-scale producers of these products.