West Bengal’s fisheries sector is set to get a major fillip with a Vietnamese business giant expressing interest in importing seafood from the state.
On the sidelines of an interactive session organised by the Bharat Chamber of Commerce in the city on Thursday, Nguyen Hoang Giang, CEO of SPD Agriculture and Fisheries and a member of the business delegation from Vietnam, told reporters that they were exploring opportunities in the state.
“We export seafood mainly to Japan, Europe and America. It is imported from Mumbai and Kerala, among other places. Given Bengal’s potentials, we are also exploring the opportunity of importing seafood from here,” he said.
Nguyen Thi Thanh Xuan, vice-director of Da Nang Trade Promotion Centre, seconded Nguyen Hoang Giang’s opinions as far as trade relations between Da Nang and Kolkata were concerned.
“There is a lot of potential here. A group of businessmen will possibly be coming to Kolkata from Da Nang to study the scope,” she said.
Xuan, when asked why China did not account for one of the top five countries in terms of FDI in Da Nang, said the country gave priority to the environment and China did not meet the required standards.
“Da Nang city has its own policy when FDI is concerned, and not all investment policies are accepted, as the top-most priority is always given to clean environment.
“We always look for and prefer eco-friendly, high-tech and IT-enabled projects, and China is not good at these. So it is not one of the top five countries on our FDI list, though it has a few hotels and resorts,” she said.