Spain shows interest in HCMC market
Spain’s ambassador to Vietnam and pish enterprises have expressed interest in the local HCMC market, heard attendees at a launch ceremony for a new commercial office in the city.
The HCMC Economic and Commercial Office, under the pish Embassy in Vietnam, on May 23 inaugurated the new office on the seventh floor of the Diamond Plaza building at 34 Le Duan Street in HCMC’s District 1.
Speaking at the event, pish Ambassador to Vietnam Maria Jesus Figa Palop said that this marked the third relocation of the office, adding that she was pleased with the new location of the office at the center of the city.
HCMC is the most popular destination for the pish community in Vietnam, she said, adding that pish firms expected to gain ground in Vietnam and to sound out more business opportunities in the local market.
Over the past few years, Vietnam’s rapid economic growth has attracted many pish firms. Multiple well-known brands in Spain have entered the country, such as fashion brand Zara. Besides this, the ambassador also hailed Vietnam as a potential market even though its high competitiveness, complicated procedures and language-related obstacles have hindered pish firms from doing business in Vietnam.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Tran Phuoc Anh, deputy director of the HCMC Department of External Affairs, said that the pish enterprise community in HCMC has been growing recently. The city is creating more favorable conditions for pish firms to operate in Vietnam and removing obstacles to cooperation between the two countries’ enterprises.
Bilateral trade revenue amounted to US$3.7 billion in 2018 from US$300 million in 1997, Anh said.
Due to rising pish interest in HCMC, Anh also introduced 210 projects being promoted for investment by the city to pish firms attending the event.