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PM urges proactiveness of trade counselors
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PM urges proactiveness of trade counselors

The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC – Vietnam’s trade counselors abroad must be more proactive in working with local partners and assisting enterprises, the Government news website at Chinhphu.vn quoted Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc as saying at a conference in Hanoi on February 7.

Amid rapid, unpredictable changes of global socio-economic situations, every individual and trade office must be proactive, creative and determined to realize targets, he noted.

According to the Prime Minister, instead of waiting for enterprises to come and ask for help, overseas trade offices must work actively, contact local partners, provide updated information, and recommend market policies. Besides, they need to stimulate trade and investment promotion of Vietnamese businesses and localities, promote sustainable market penetration of Vietnamese high-quality products, and work closely with management agencies of host countries to deal with problems.

Production capacities of Vietnam are large, but the knotty problem is the lack of consumption markets. Trade offices need to work out measures that make use of incentives provided  in free trade agreements to help Vietnamese products penetrate overseas markets as well as encourage cooperation between enterprises in such countries and those in Vietnam, he told the conference.

The Prime Minister also asked the Minister of Industry and Trade to revise personnel assignments, regard the trade counselor’s job as a professional occupation, and ensure personnel meet increasing requirements for new situations.

At the conference attended by representatives of ministries, agencies, trade offices in 63 countries and enterprises, the Prime Minister hailed contributions by the industry-trade sector and trade counselors and offices to the country’s development. Trade volume was recorded at US$425 billion last year, with exports reaching US$214 billion, and macro-economic indicators are improving.

Vietnam’s overseas trade offices have made big contributions, particularly promoting exports. Some typical farm goods of Vietnam such as rambutan, mango, and dragon fruit have made their way to demanding markets like Australia, and processed chicken, red-fleshed dragon fruit and star apples to Japan.

According to the Prime Minister, there should be rewards for trade counselors and offices with excellent performance in the past year, especially in markets with export growth higher than the country’s average growth of 21%. Meanwhile, trade employees who do not work efficiently and do not understand markets need to be replaced.

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