Forum promotes vegetables, fruits trade to China

NDO – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) coordinated with the Lang Son Provincial People's Committee to organise a forum in the northern border province of Lang Son on August 11, to discuss the necessary measures to promote vegetable and fruit trade between Vietnam and China. Speaking at the event, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Ly Vinh Quang said that Lang Son holds an important geographical location in the Nanning – Lang Son – Hanoi – Hai Phong economic corridor, and has been a gateway for Vietnamese farm produce to access the Chinese market via Tan Thanh, Coc Nam and Huu Nghi border gates. In 2016, Lang Son’s border gates permitted the export of almost 478,514 tonnes of dragon fruit; 223,455 tonnes of watermelon; 240,345 tonnes of longan fruit; 81,198 tonnes of lychee; 8,135 tonnes of rambutan; and 17,837 tonnes of dried cashew nuts to China. Over the past few years, the province has opened additional auxiliary border gates, such as those at Na Hinh, Co Sau and Binh Nghi, expanded roads leading to the border gates, built infrastructure at the border gates, and improved the capacity of goods transit and customs clearance. According to Vice Mayor of Guangxi’s Chongzuo city, Chongzuo borders Lang Son province and shares similar customs and climate, adding that there remains room for bilateral cooperation in the cultivation and farm produce processing industries. Each year, Vietnam exports 1,866,000 tonnes of farm produce, worth CNY6.89 billion, to China via…... [read more]

A farmer harvests rice by combine harvester (Source: VNA) Ninh Thuan (VNA) –The southern province of Ninh Thuan plans to invest 1.2 billion VND (52,800 USD) to encourage the use of technology and industrial equipment in farming in the locality. The sum will be used to implement 11 projects in different areas, including helping farmers purchase machines for farm produce processing, assisting rural firms to join trade fairs in other localities, improving management capacity and product quality and vocational training. According to the provincial Centre for Industry Encouraging and Trade Promotion, the province currently has more than 5,570 rural industrial production and trade facilities, including 179 companies and 5,391 household businesses, employing some 21,500 labourers. The majority of facilities are small scale, with the average capital of a company about 21.9 billion VND, while that of a household business is 70.4 million VND and 80 million VND for each cooperative. Their access to capital and new technology is limited and growth is slow. [Hi-tech agriculture rides strong wave of domestic investment] Director of the centre Vo Viet Hieu said that the centre will continue calling on businesses to replace outdated technology with modern and environmentaly-friendly models for greener production. At the same time, rural industrial facilities will receive advice on investment information to expand their business in line with the development strategy of each locality, he said. The province will also help the firms with administrative procedures, capital and land, while assisting them…... [read more]

A farmer harvests rice by combine harvester (Source: VNA) Ninh Thuan (VNA) –The southern province of Ninh Thuan plans to invest 1.2 billion VND (52,800 USD) to encourage the use of technology and industrial equipment in farming in the locality. The sum will be used to implement 11 projects in different areas, including helping farmers purchase machines for farm produce processing, assisting rural firms to join trade fairs in other localities, improving management capacity and product quality and vocational training. According to the provincial Centre for Industry Encouraging and Trade Promotion, the province currently has more than 5,570 rural industrial production and trade facilities, including 179 companies and 5,391 household businesses, employing some 21,500 labourers. The majority of facilities are small scale, with the average capital of a company about 21.9 billion VND, while that of a household business is 70.4 million VND and 80 million VND for each cooperative. Their access to capital and new technology is limited and growth is slow. [Hi-tech agriculture rides strong wave of domestic investment] Director of the centre Vo Viet Hieu said that the centre will continue calling on businesses to replace outdated technology with modern and environmentaly-friendly models for greener production. At the same time, rural industrial facilities will receive advice on investment information to expand their business in line with the development strategy of each locality, he said. The province will also help the firms with administrative procedures, capital and land, while assisting them…... [read more]

The four-day event involves more than 2,500 companies from 66 nations and territories and is expected to attract 75,000 visitors. Around 14 Vietnamese businesses will display a range of products including seafood and farm produce, processed rice food, specialty Phu Quoc fish sauce, and different varieties of confectionery and beverages. Trade Promotion Centre for Agriculture Director Dao Van Ho said enabling Vietnamese businesses to participate in the event aimsto help them develop relations with Japanese partners and importers, negotiate and potenitally sign export contracts, and advertise Vietnam’s farm produce, seafood, and culinary culture. The event is part activities honouring 40th years of the two countries’ diplomatic ties. Maple Foods Limited Japanese Director Tetsuji Totsune said his company has established a history of cooperation with the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) over the past 25 years. He expressed his desire to import greater volumes of Vietnamese agricultural and seafood produce because of their reasonable prices and high quality. But promoting the export of these products requires both governments to remove regulatory barriers and the incentive policies for businesses.... [read more]

Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang was speaking at a reception for visiting Antonio Tajani, Vice President of the European Commission in Hanoi on November 13. The EU is one of Vietnam’s leading partner in its foreign policy, and Tajani’s visit accompanied by 50 businesses will create a good chance for both sides to capitalise on the future Vietnam-EU FTA, said Hoang. He proposed the EC support the FTA negotiations, provide continued ODA for 2014-20, and maintain the generalised system of preferences (GSP) for Vietnamese commodities as of January 1, 2014. For his part, Tajani stressed the importance of economic, trade and investment cooperation between the EU and Vietnam, saying the European grouping will expand cooperation in industry, farm produce processing, and cosmetics with Vietnam. Once the FTA is signed, it will add fresh impetus to stronger economic, trade and investment cooperation between the EU and Vietnam, he said. Statistics show the EU is Vietnam’s largest export market and the country’s second largest bilateral trade partner. In the first nine months of 2013 two-way trade rose 20.8% to more than US$24.8 billion, and the figure is expected to hit US$32-33 billion by year’s end. Both sides recently concluded the fifth round of their FTA negotiations and they believe the trade pact will be signed by late 2014. This FTA will help Vietnam expand its outlets, improve its competitive capacity, and attract more foreign investment, especially from the EU. To date 23 of the 28 EU member countries have…... [read more]

The week-long event, part of the annual Ha Long Carnival aims to promote the regions tourism appeal, aiming to create opportunities for local businesses to advertise their products, study market trends, seek trade partners and entice investment in the region. This year’s event features a wide array of high-quality Made-in-Vietnam products and services such as garment and textiles, machinery, electronics, farm produce, processed food products, home appliances, interior furniture, handicrafts, and high-tech products. Many tour and travel agencies take advantage of the occasion to introduce a variety of the more popular tourism packages, with a focus on touting the region’s fine resorts, entertainment, shopping, and cuisine.... [read more]

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong made the statement during a working session with leaders of the Gia Lai provincial People’s Committee on January 11. He asked the province to better carry out mass mobilisation and personnel training, preserve and develop the cultural identities of ethnic groups and develop patriotism among young generations. “Gia Lai should accelerate economic restructuring towards increasing the proportions of GDP in the industry, construction and services sectors, attract investment, develop infrastructure, better tap its natural resources and cooperate closely with other localities in investment and market expansion,” said Mr Trong. The NA chairman was informed that in 2006 Gia Lai obtained an eight-year record GDP growth of more than 13 percent with an annual per capita income of VND6.3 million. The province established large staple and cash crop growing areas and put into operation farm produce processing factories for local consumption and export. In 2006, its total food output reached more than 460,000 tonnes. The province also planted forest trees on an additional 4,500 hectares, bringing the total forest coverage in Gia Lai to more than 49 percent, while effectively preventing illegal logging and excessive exploitation of forest products.... [read more]

Receiving Iraqi Minister of Trade Abdul Fala Hassan Al-Sudani in Hanoi on December 11, Deputy PM Hai said Vietnam is willing to cooperate with Iraq in agriculture and suggested that Iraq cooperate with the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) to tap crude oil in Iraq. He spoke highly of the results of 17th meeting of the Vietnam-Iraq Intergovernmental Committee, particularly the agreements on supplying rice and other farm produce for Iraq, as well as expanding cooperation in agriculture and oil and gas. The Iraqi minister expressed his pleasure at the agreements reached between the two countries, particularly those on expanding cooperation in agriculture. He expressed the hope that the two countries will enhance their cooperation in services industries and infrastructure investment. Iraq would consider building an oil refinery and some farm produce processing factories in Vietnam, he added. Earlier at the 17th meeting of the Vietnam-Iraq Inter-governmental Committee on Cooperation, Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and Chairman of the Vietnamese section, and minister Fala Hassan Al-Sudan signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). The meeting reviewed the two countries’ bilateral cooperation period beginning from the 16th meeting in March 2002 and interrupted by the war in Iraq from 2003-2007. At the meeting, the two sides assessed the efficiency of their treaties and agreements to promote cooperation and trade signed in the past, and work out concrete solutions to boost bilateral cooperation, particularly in economy and trade, in the coming time.... [read more]

During the visit, President Triet held talks with Mongolian President Nambaryn Enkhbayar, and met with parliamentary speaker D. Demberel and acting Prime Minister Norovyn Altanhuyag. The two sides exchanged views and reached a strong consensus on measures to further develop cooperative relations between the two countries, as well as on regional and international issues of mutual concern. They spoke highly of the traditional friendship between Vietnam and Mongolia and expressed their desire to maintain the exchange of visits at all levels to promote friendship and mutual understanding in keeping with the Vietnam-Mongolia Friendship and Cooperation Treaty. They said that the two countries should expand cooperation, particularly in economics, trade, science, technology, education and health care, and also encourage their businesses to seek appropriate ways of working together, including the establishment of farm produce processing joint venture companies, pharmaceutical manufacturing, as well as mineral ore exploration and exploitation. The Mongolian side welcomed Vietnam’s plan to invest in exploiting crude oil and mineral ores in Mongolia. They acknowledged the efforts made by the Vietnam-Mongolia inter-governmental Committee for Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation in recent times and said with due attention and instructions from the two Governments, the 13th meeting of the committee, scheduled for late this year, will reach special agreements aimed at increasing bilateral cooperation in potential areas. President Triet announced Vietnam’s decision to give Mongolia 1,000 tonnes of rice, sell another 20,000 tonnes at cost price and present several ambulances to replace a small-scale hydro-electric power plant project agreed earlier…... [read more]

Delegates and local people offered incense to the late President at Na Lua shelter where he stayed for four months in 1945 to prepare for the General Uprising in August of the same year. To Huy Rua, a secretary of the Party Central Committee and head of the Party Commission for Information and Education, acknowledged the achievements the province has made in implementing the late President’s Testament and said it should fully exploit its potential to make a breakthrough in development. As Tuyen Quang has a relatively high rate of forest coverage, at nearly 62 percent, it should develop a forest-based economy and help local people to live off the forests, said the Party’s politburo member. He suggested that the province prioritise farm produce processing, exploit and process minerals, speed up economic restructuring, expand vocational training and preserve historical vestiges. Since 2006, Tuyen Quang has attracted 36 industrial projects capitalised at over VND11 trillion and achieved an annual GDP growth rate of 13.2 percent. Last year, its per capita income reached VND8.7 million. Thanks to economic restructuring, the province has established areas for growing food and cash crops of high economic value. At the ceremony, Nguyen Sang Vang, the provincial Party Secretary, called on local Party members, officials and people of different ethnic groups to respond to exemplary role model campaigns to bring the late President Ho’s Testament to life.... [read more]




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