Trade counsellors must proactively support domestic firms: PM

Wednesday, 2018-02-07 17:53:37
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses at the Commerical Counsellors Conference in Hanoi
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NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged trade counsellors to proactively assist domestic businesses through providing them with information on foreign markets, promoting trade and investment activities, and increasing the sale of Vietnamese products abroad.

He made the request at the Commercial Counsellors Conference in Hanoi, on February 7, which saw the presence of Vietnamese counsellors at 57 Trade Offices and seven of their branches abroad, alongside representatives from ministries and enterprises.

The country’s import-export turnover reached US$ 425 billion in 2017, a positive outcome which was significantly contributed to by the Vietnamese Trade Offices abroad, the PM said, adding that Vietnam has 21 products worth over one-billion-USD in export turnover and many other products worth tens of billions of USD.

The Government is currently in the process of setting the major export turnover targets for key commodities such as rice, shrimp, medicine, vegetables and fruits; therefore, it wants to hear proposals from the trade counsellors to promote the export of products, PM Phuc said.

The Trade Offices will play a crucial role in finding new markets for exports, he added.

The PM asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade to give timely rewards to all Trade Offices and commercial counsellors who actively contribute to promoting the export of staples such as shrimp, mango, dragon fruit, lychee, star apple, longan and chicken to the Asian market.

In the current stage of socio-economic development, economic diplomacy needs due attention so the Trade Offices must have an important role in Vietnamese embassies abroad.

He requested the trade counsellors to do their utmost to help realise the country’s trade turnover of US$ 500 billion in 2018.