CPTPP helps leverage Viet Nam-Australia investment cooperation

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) helps promote Viet Nam-Australia cooperation in terms of trade and investment, the Cong Thuong newspaper said, citing Vietnamese Ambassador to Australia Nguyen Tat Thanh.
Sau Mỹ, đến Nhật Bản lên tiếng về nỗ lực gia nhập CPTPP của Trung Quốc
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) helps promote Viet Nam-Australia cooperation in terms of trade and investment. (Illustrative photo)

Viet Nam and Australia are both members of at least three free trade agreements, namely ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA), CPTPP and the Regional Economic Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

According to data of the General Statistics Office of Viet Nam, last year, two-way trade between Viet Nam and Australia hit 12.4 billion USD for the first time, up more than 49 percent compared with that of 2020. The value of shipments to Australia reached more than 4.45 billion USD, a year-on-year increase of 23 percent. Viet Nam spent nearly 8 billion USD in importing goods from Australia, up nearly 70 percent against 2020’s figure.

Viet Nam's exports to Australia are growing strongly, reaching 1.38 billion USD in the first quarter of 2022, a surge of 32.36 percent against the same period last year.

Sharp increases were seen in Viet Nam’s export of various agricultural and industrial products to Australia, for example 84 percent in coffee, 51 percent in aquatic products, 41 percent in rubber, and 26 percent in electric cable. Notably, the shipments of iron and steel skyrocketed by more than 500 percent year on year.

Meanwhile, the country is buying more and more essential materials from Australia, such as coal, iron ore, metals, cotton, wheat, and animal feed. In particular, Viet Nam's import value of coal from Australia in Q1 surged 176 percent year on year and that of cotton shot up 333 percent.

The CPTPP also serves as momentum for bilateral cooperation in terms of investment. By the end of last year, there were about 550 Australian investment projects in Viet Nam with a total value of nearly 2 billion USD, ranking 19th among foreign investors in the country.

Graham Kinder, Vice Chairman of the Australia-Viet Nam Business Council, was quoted by the newspaper as saying that Australian companies see many investment opportunities in Viet Nam in the fields of trade, investment, education and transport that are Australia’s strengths, thus they are keen to promote their investments in Viet Nam. Similarly, Vietnamese enterprises can expand their investment and business operation in areas of their strength in Australian states and localities.

It is now the right time for businesses of both countries to take advantage of opportunities for cooperation in the post-pandemic period as borders have been reopened and both governments seek to promote investment activities, Ambassador said.

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(Source: VNA)