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HCM City (VNA) – Building an investment and trade database for 21 southern provinces and cities was discussed at a meeting between the Investment and Trade Promotion Centre of Ho Chi Minh City (ITPC) and relevant departments and promotion centres in the south on May 17.

The database, which will be used to make updates among the localities, will provide information on the investment and trade situation in the south for both domestic and foreign visitors to the provinces, according to Nguyen Van Ut from the Southwest Region Steering Committee.

He said that it will be useful when localities hold trade promotions abroad.

At the meeting, representatives from Departments of Industry and Trade, Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development and promotion centres agreed to work together for safe agriculture by connecting suppliers and distributors to set up a safe farm produce chain.

From May 25, the ITPC will receive registrations from safe food providers and distributors while promoting trade relations between producers, supermarkets, hotels and company or school canteens.

Businesses can order safe food from local farmers who use advanced technology in agricultural production, meeting Vietnamese and international standards, the representatives said.-VNA