PH, Vietnam strengthen bilateral ties.Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez (left) recently (24 April) urged Vietnamese Vice Minister for Trade and Industry Tran Quoc Khanh (right) to further strengthen bilateral trade between the Philippines and Viet Nam, as well as balance the import and export trade between the two Southeast Asian countries. Sec. Lopez and DTI Undersecretary Ceferino Rodolfo met with Vice Minister Khanh, following the discussions on the recent state visit of President Rodrigo Duterte in Viet Nam. Viet Nam is the largest exporter of rice in the country. For its part, Vice-Minister Khanh is positive that the Philippines could be the perfect trade partner of Viet Nam in industries such as manufacturing leather goods and footwear, as well as organic farming. The visit of the Vietnamese official is also a run-up to the Philippine chairmanship and hosting of ASEAN Summit to be held in Pasay City this April 2017.