“Sweden will be a potential source of additional materials for Vietnam, with the import value currently increasing,” said Huynh Van Hanh, vice chairman of the HCM City Handicraft and Wood Industry Association (HAWA).
Mr. Hanh spoke at a seminar held in the Ho Chi Minh City’s District 7 as part of the 12thVietnam International Woodworking Industry Fair held at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre (SECC.
About 50 Swedish sawmills suppliers, Vietnamese wood producers and many others attended the seminar.
Pereric Hogberg, Sweden’s Ambassador to Vietnam, said that Sweden’s sustainable forest management maintained a balance between economic wood production and respect for wildlife, outdoor recreation, employment and local interests.
Vietnam’s exports were estimated at US$7 billion last year and are expected to increase to US$10 billion by 2020. Last year, about US$1.7 billion of wood materials were imported for production needs.