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Call to upgrade trade agencies   2010-12-25 - VNS

Customers inspect electrical products at the Giang Vo Exhibition Centre — VNS photo Truong Vi

Customers inspect electrical products at the Giang Vo Exhibition Centre — VNS photo Truong Vi

The country's trade promotion agencies should to train their staff intensively to ensure their activities are more effective, delegates told a meeting held in HCM City yesterday.

Do Thang Hai, head of the Viet Nam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade) – which held the meeting to take stock of this year's efforts and plan for next – said trade promotion agencies should have close links with Vietnamese trade attaches in foreign countries, especially for obtaining market information.

They should also co-operate with one another and improve the quality and effectiveness of trade information provided to businesses, he said.

Localities should focus on effectively implementing the National Trade Promotion Programme, he said. Besides, trade promotion should be linked with investment and tourism.

This year Vietrade organised more than 500 fairs in the country. It also organised 18 seminars and training courses in An Giang, Binh Phuoc and Ben Tre provinces and Can Tho and HCM City to apprise businesses about the Cambodian, African, Middle Eastern and European markets.

Vietnamese firms participated in 48 exhibitions abroad including the Brussels Seafood Exhibition in Belgium; Boston Seafood Exhibition and Magic Show in the US; Sial Exhibition in France; Dusseldorf International Shoe Exhibition; Food Industry International Exhibition in China; and Furniture Exhibition in Las Vegas.

The National Trade Promotion Programme helped more than 5,000 businesses sign 3,000 business deals and memorandums of understanding at fairs worth US$1.27 billion.

Vietrade's office in HCM City plans to organise more visits by business delegations in both directions next year.

Tran Minh Thang, head of Vieetrade's Export Development and Policy Department, spoke about the Prime Minister's Decision No 72 which will come into effect on January 1.

It had several new stipulations like the minimum number and size of booths at multi-sector exhibitions and the minimum number of participants, he explained.

Also at the meeting, the Ministry of Industry and Trade gave away certificates of merit to 15 trade promotion agencies in several provinces and cities for their outstanding performance.

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