The Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade has requested that Japanese authorities move to seek solutions to facilitate the export of fresh lychee to the Far East country during this year’s harvest season, said Minister Tran Tuan Anh during a meeting held alongside Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Yamada Takio on May 19.
The move comes following the Far East nation being unable to send their experts to the country in order to inspect and recognise the disinfection treatment system of fresh lychees that were set to be exported as a result of the impact of the recent novel coronavirus pandemic.
Minister Tuan Anh also extended his thanks to Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu along with Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Kajiyama Hiroshi for their close co-ordination with Vietnam in stepping up cooperation among ASEAN, Japan and India, in addition to devising flexible initiatives so as to speed up the negotiation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
The two nations will be working closely through consultations and dialogues alongside key partners to seek suitable solutions aimed at removing all existing hurdles.
In addition, as the ASEAN Chair in 2020, Vietnam will also be consulting and working alongside other ASEAN member states in an effort to reach a consensus within the bloc, while persuading all relevant parties to come up with flexible measures in a bid to finalise the negotiations and conclude the signing of the RCEP later this year.
Minister Tuan Anh therefore requested that Ambassador Takio work closely with relevant Japanese agencies to remove challenges whilst completing all necessary procedures to facilitate the export of the first batch of fresh lychees to Japan during this year’s harvest season.