In the Openning Speech by Dr. Le Quoc Doanh, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Viet Nam at The 42nd International Pepper Session and Meetings were held in Ho Chi Minh city from 27 – 30 October 2014,

In the Openning Speech by Dr. Le Quoc Doanh, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Viet Nam at The 42nd International Pepper Session and Meetings were held in Ho Chi Minh city from 27 – 30 October 2014, mentioned that “The pepper production industry was expected to have significant growthwith a high added value, generating many benefits for producers, processors and exporters, contributing to stable national employment and sustainable national economic development”.

The Meeting was attended by almost 400 participants from 6 IPC member countries (Brazil, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brazil và Việt Nam) and non-member countries as well. The particpants came from government agencies, research institutions, producers, processors and traders of pepper product

The Meeting was officially openned by Dr. Le Quoc Doanh, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Viet Nam. In his Openning Speech, Vice Minister mentioned pepperwasan important vegetable spice consumedin mostcountries around theworld. Despitethe globalfinancial and economic crisis, the world’s total export turnover and market price of pepperhave been steadily increasingfromUS$1.58 billionin 2011 toUS$1.9 billionin 2013 and itwas forecasted to raise to US$2.4 billionin2014. Thepepper production industrywas expected to havesignificantgrowth with a high addedvalue, generating many benefitsforproducers, processors andexporters, contributing to stable nationalemployment andsustainable national economic development.

Vietnam’s pepperhas been present in over 100 countriesaround the world. Vietnamcontinues tomaintain the world’s highest recordproducerand exporter for 14 consecutive years. It was expected that pepper export of Viet Nam would return over US$ 1 billion in 2014.

The Vice Minister also proposed the Meeting to discusson how to strengthen thecollaborationand cooperationwithin the IPC framework,focusing onanumber of areassuch asscience and technologycooperation in response toclimate change impacts,disease control, sustainable and environmental-friendly pepper development, high-tech investment in order to generate more value addedproductsandstableprices at the international markets.

At the side of the IPC 42, MARD in collaboration with Viet Nam Pepper Association (VPA) also organized the Pepper Exhibition, technical meetings and private meeting between different trade partners from diffirent countries to seek for business opportunities.

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