Sunday, 18/12/2011 00:23

Co-operation key to export lift

The country's agricultural and trade sectors should co-operate more to achieve the planned US$26 billion export target for 2012.

Processing raw seafood for export to Japan in the southern province of Ninh Thuan. Closer co-operation between the agricultural and trade sectors is needed if the country wants to meet its export target next year.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Diep Kinh Tan made the comment to representatives from cities and localities and 64 overseas embassy counsellors at a workshop held by his ministry and the Ministry of Industry and Trade in the capital yesterday.

In 2011, local exports in agriculture, forestry and fishery products reached $24 billion.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has called on the agricultural ministry to co-operate with its representatives abroad as well as overseas commercial affairs sectors to boost agreements on issues such as food safety and hygiene, especially with countries such as Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States (SNG), the Middle East, West Asia and Africa.

During the workshop, participants reviewed and discussed advantages and difficulties in trade promotion as well as barriers faced when entering markets such as Russia, East Europe, the EU and the American continent. Problems faced when exporting products such as coffee, catfish, shrimp, dragon fruit and honey were also put on the table.

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Quoc Khanh blamed the lack of information exchange among relevant sectors, State management agencies, enterprises and overseas commercial representatives as the main reason for such problems.

"In some cases, with regulations having been issued previously, we failed to catch up with information for timely solutions," Khanh said.

Commercial Counsellor to Russia Vu Van Quang urged the two ministries to support and encourage enterprises to enhance trade promotion of agricultural and fishery products in Russia and SNG countries, with additional focus on the Ukraine, Belarus and Uzbekistan.

Relevant agencies needed to work with counterparts in Russia and the Ukraine to deregulate the limitation on the number of enterprises allowed to export catfish to these markets, Quang said.

Commercial Counsellor to the US Dao Tran Nhan warned enterprises to be cautious about price and quantity when exporting to the US market.

"The price cannot be two low while quantity cannot be too high in order to avoid dumping allegations," he said.


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