Vietnam’s Ministry of Trade Vice Minister Tran Tuan Anh (right) arrived this week to meet with trade officials from the Philippines. Inclined at actively engaging key ASEAN partners to provide greater access for the country’s exporters and SMEs, Department of Trade & Industry Undersecretary for industry policy group Adrian Cristobal Jr. (left) said the dialogue with Vietnam specifically focused on expanding market access particularly for flour and processed fish. In a courtesy call on September 16, 2014, Vice Minister Tran underscored the need to enhance trade, investments and economic cooperation between the two countries. He welcomed the prospect of increased trade relations with the Philippines. He said that Vietnam is interested in importing more industrial products from the Philippines, including electronics, chemicals, and fertilizers. The Vietnam visit also aims to promote exports of rice, textile garments, seafoods and agricultural products to the Philippines.