President lauds external economic activities abroad

Thursday, 2018-03-01 18:25:22
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President Tran Dai Quang addressing the meeting. (Photo: VOV)
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NDO/VNA - President Tran Dai Quang lauded external economic activities and trade promotion abroad during a meeting with 45 commercial counsellors and chiefs of Vietnamese commercial offices overseas on March 1 in Hanoi.

He said in compliance with the Party and State’s external policies, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has worked closely with ministries, agencies, and localities to promote Vietnamese goods, attract foreign investment and improve the competitiveness of Vietnamese firms at home and abroad.

According to the President, the Vietnamese commercial offices abroad have helped step up exports, especially typical farm produce and fruits, in efforts to bring Vietnamese goods to global distribution chains and market the trademarks of Vietnamese goods abroad.

They have partnered with domestic and foreign agencies to successfully hold trade and investment promotion conferences and seminars, as well as business forums during high-level visits by Party and State leaders.

The leader hailed Vietnamese commercial offices abroad as an effective bridge connecting Vietnamese entrepreneurs overseas with domestic firms, and cooperating with domestic and foreign media to argue against information unfavourable to Vietnam’s exported farm produce.

The President noted that as 2018 is a core year to implement the Resolution adopted by the 12th National Party Congress and the National Assembly’s Resolution on the 2016-2020 socio-economic development plan, the industry and trade sector and Vietnamese commercial offices abroad in particular need to take proactive and drastic measures to fulfill assigned tasks.

He asked commercial counsellors and chiefs of Vietnamese commercial offices overseas to actively take advantage of situations in the host countries, improve market forecasts to promptly give policy recommendations to Vietnam, and help Vietnamese goods sustainably navigate foreign markets.

They were also urged to push forward the ratification of the signed new-generation free trade agreements and call on the Vietnamese business community abroad to look toward the homeland, thus contributing to national development.