The meeting was chaired by Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh and Turkish Minister of Labour and Social Security Mehmet Muezzinoglu.
Muezzinoglu suggested launching negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement while the Vietnamese side asked Turkey to recognise Vietnam as a market economy and minimise trade defence measures against Vietnam’s exports.
In industry, the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Agency for Regional Industry Development and the Small and Medium Industry Development Organisation of Turkey (KOSGEB) signed an action plan to continue promoting joint work in small and medium-sized enterprise affairs.
As regards investment, the two sides reached consensus on the contents of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the management of economic, industrial and processing zones.
They also agreed on the contents of the MoU on customs cooperation between the Finance Ministry and the Turkish Ministry of Customs and Trade.
Both sides were unanimous on collaboration between the Directorate for Standards, Metrology and Quality and the Turkish Standards Institution.
The two countries are actively refining contents towards signing agreements on statistics, science and technology, labour, education and training, culture, tourism, health care, natural resources and the environment.
Collaboration in energy, food processing, construction, machinery and equipment will also be strengthened.
At a ceremony to sign the minutes of the meeting in the afternoon, Minister Anh said Vietnam and Turkey already signed agreements on aviation transport, navigation and double taxation avoidance.
Turkey launched direct flight services connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
In the first five months this year, two-way trade between the two nations reached $724.6 million, $634.9 million of which was Vietnam’s exports, mostly cell phones, fibers, computers, electronics and spare parts, rubber, machinery and equipment, iron and steel, apparel, peppercorns, cashew nuts, wood and wooden furniture, fisheries, footwear and handicraft items.