Vietnam to sign rice trade deals with Indonesia, Philippines

By Hoai Thu   October 21, 2023 | 01:30 am PT
Vietnam to sign rice trade deals with Indonesia, Philippines
A man harvest rices in Ho Chi Minh City in September 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
Vietnam is set to sign rice export agreements with Indonesia and the Philippines, said Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.

Relevant ministries and sectors would be urged to speed up the signing, he said at separate meetings with Indonesian president Joko Widodo and the Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on the sidelines of the ASEAN-Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

The Philippines, Vietnam’s biggest rice market, has started buying again after nearly a month’s suspension due to its imposition of domestic price caps.

On Oct. 4, the Philippines lifted the ceiling prices for conventionally milled and well-milled rice varieties.

In the first nine months of this year, Vietnam exported 2.4 million tons of the grain worth nearly US$1.5 billion to the Philippines, the latter representing a 20% increase year-on-year.

Earlier this year Indonesia invited bids for supplying 500,000 tons of rice, including from Vietnam. It imported 871,000 tons from Vietnam in the first nine months, 16 times the volume in the same period last year.

Data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development shows Vietnam earned nearly $3.7 billion from rice exports in the first nine months, up 40.4%. The average rice price was 14% up at $553 per ton, occasionally climbing to nearly $650.

Besides rice, Chinh and Marcos also agreed that the two countries should create favorable conditions for increased bilateral trade to soon take it to $10 billion.

Chinh and Widodo promised to increase trade in agricultural products and promote early ratification of an agreement between the two governments for delimitation of their exclusive economic zones.

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