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Vietnam Embassy Representatives Discuss Exporting Opportunities in Springfield

Vietnam is an emerging market for Missouri products and commodities. A seminar in Springfield Thursday exposed the local business community to the opportunities in Vietnam. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

A group of about 30 people gathered on the campus of Missouri State University to meet with representatives from the Vietnam Embassy in the U.S. The goal was to discuss opportunities for Missouri businesses to export products to Vietnam.

Katie Smith, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture went on a trade mission to Vietnam earlier this year. She says the goal of the seminar is to show business people and farmers that Vietnam is a viable market for them.

Smith says there are opportunities for Missouri's timber industry too. She says the Missouri Forest Products Association is tapping into the market in Vietnam.

As for animal feed, Smith says Missouri producers get a good price for their product in Vietnam. Tony Clayton is president of Clayton Agri-marketing Incorporated in Jefferson City and ships hogs overseas to Vietnam. He confirms that there's a demand for feed.

Representatives from the Vietnam Embassy say they hope to help American businesses and farmers understand the opportunities they have to sell their products to Vietnam. And they want to get more Vietnamese products into the states. Ngo Van Thoan is the Commercial Counselor for the embassy and participated in the seminar in Springfield.

A similar seminar is planned for today in Columbia, Missouri.