Textiles and garment market analyst, Jean-François Limantour, has been named president of the recently-formed Europe-Vietnam Alliance (EVA).
Limantour, who is also president of the Cercle Euro-méditerranéen des Dirigeants Textile-Habillement (CEDITH), told just-style the EVA had been set up "to strengthen partnerships and co-operation between EU states and Vietnam in the textiles, garments, leather and footwear sectors."
He said in the longer term, EVA's work will encompass other consumer goods sectors and its geographical scope enlarged to include Cambodia, Burma and Laos.
"Year after year, Vietnam has steadily become a major supplier to Europe's garment markets and the creation of EVA reflects this," Limantour added.
EVA will be in Hanoi next month for the new round of negotiations between the EU and Vietnam on a free trade agreement. 
"We'll be meeting with the Vietnamese authorities in order to draw up a programme of action," he said.