Vietnam Holds Great Prospects for California
TODAY, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross issued the
following summary of the Vietnam segment of CDFA’s Asian trade mission:
In returning to California after three days in
Vietnam, I’m greatly impressed by the potential the market has for California
as well as the commitment of the Vietnamese government to farmers; trade; and
climate change, mitigation and adaptation.
During my short visit, I had the opportunity to
visit the nation’s largest dairy processor – Vinamilk – whose state-of-the-art
facility in Binh Duong Province underscores the market potential that Vietnam
holds. Not only is Vinamilk committed to product innovation and environmental
sustainability, the new facility is a world-class operation dedicated to
meeting the future growth of the country. In addition, Vinamilk’s
management is very eager to learn and partner with California to improve the
prospects and potential for the dairy industry in both countries.
|CDFA Secretary Karen Ross (fourth from right) at a trade meeting in
Vietnam. Richard Matoian of the American Pistachio Growers is two spots
to her right|
The eagerness for cooperation was consistent in
all my interactions with the Vietnamese people – business and government alike.
In my governmental meetings with the ministries of agriculture and trade, I
underscored our commitment to trade and our appreciation for the continued
progress on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. California and
the United States can benefit significantly from increased market access and a
reduction in tariff barriers to region. Vietnam is a $200 million market for
California agricultural products – our 12th largest export destination – and it
increased 43 percent from the previous year.
I was very thankful to be joined on this trip by
a great group of small businesses that are eager to expand their business and
California exports. Of the 11 companies that participated, we had trading
companies, winery exporters, growers and a even a small seasoning company from
Calaveras County. I was pleased to have Richard Matoian of American Pistachio
Growers join me on my governmental meetings and visits.
Trade missions like this are an excellent
opportunity for companies to expand business relationships and the Fresno
Center for International Trade Development is a great partner in making
activities like this possible.
I look forward to visiting more markets in the
future to promote the California brand and support our farmers and ranchers.
Ross was in Asia as part of a trade mission facilitated by the Fresno Center
for International Trade Development and funded by a grant from the U.S. Small
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