The Mekong Delta province will work to remove bottlenecks for local businesses and enhance trade promotion as part of efforts to expand export markets, according to the provincial Department of Industry and Trade.
Local firms will receive assistance to attend domestic and foreign events to popularise their products and seek new partners. Businesses will also get help improving the quality of their products via the building of material cultivation zones.
Additionally, the province will promote the farming of shrimp to VietGAP and international standards to ensure top-quality materials for processing. It will also work to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing among local fishermen.
The department said many firms have expanded ties with US partners to ship canned seafood products, and connected with Korean companies to export pineapples and fish sauce.
In the first half of this year, the province earned US$269 million from exports, accounting for 51.7% of the yearly plan, and up more than 45% from the same time last year.
Of the total, shipments of farm produce brought home more than US$117 million, while exports of seafood products totalled US$81.5 million.
Among the province’s key exports, rice shipments oversea surged 34% in quantity and 51.6% in value. Kien Giang’s rice has been sold in 11 countries and territories worldwide.
Furthermore, exports of local leather shoes during January-June also quadrupled the amount recorded in the same time last year.