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Hanoi (VNA) – A conference aiming to boost trade links between Hanoi and other localities was held in the capital on December 1.

According to Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung, Hanoi has connectivity with Bac Giang, Ha Giang, Thai Binh, Hung Yen, Hai Duong and Son La in the north, the central province of Binh Thuan and the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong and the 13 southwest localities.

As a market with high purchasing power, Hanoi has modern infrastructure for commercial development in the country, with 21 shopping centres, 118 supermarkets, 454 markets, over 600 convenient stores and over 50 farm produce and food stores. 

It is an emerging retail market, ranking 13th in the list of the 19 most crowded retail markets in the world. 

According to the municipal Department of Industry and Trade, Hanoi organised 400 enterprises to join programmes to boost consumption, and signed over 350 memorandums of understanding and economic contracts with outside-city enterprises, contributing to stablising the market and meeting the demand of residents.

Nguyen Thi Mai Anh, Deputy Director of the Hanoi Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion Centre, said producers in many localities have yet to design packages and stamps for their products, stressing that this is necessary to sell products in modern distribution systems. 

The centre had to ask enterprises and producers in other localities to pay heed to the issue, she said. 

Nguyen Van Son, Chairman of the Ha Giang province People’s Committee highlighted the importance of building geographical instructions for commodities to improve competitiveness of Vietnamese goods in the context of integration. 

He suggested the Ministry of Industry and Trade consider establishing an e-commerce portal for farm produces. 

The ministry needs to build a mechanism to share and provide information related to goods among industry and  trade management agencies, and enhance trade promotion to link goods suppliers and contributors. 

Localities were urged to build and perform programmes of clean and high-quality goods production and supply, towards meeting the demand of Hanoi consumers, while municipal authorities were asked to make it easy for localities’ goods to access the city.-VNA