The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho is effectively implementing a programme to help businesses improve their competitiveness during the integration process.

Co-organised by the municipal Industry and Trade Department and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Can Tho chapter, the programme also helps businesses put forth ways to cut their production costs to reduce product prices, intensify technological renovation and expand cooperation with Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s largest economic hub, in producing such strong products as rice and seafood.

They are also supported to directly trade with both domestic and foreign consumers as well as expand their production scale.

The city prioritises developing companies operating in agricultural and aquatic product processing, forestry, trade, tourism and infrastructure construction sectors, as well as increasing the quality of products to meet international standards.

It invests in applying advanced technologies to harvesting, processing and preservation, and providing information and human resources training for businesses.

Local businesses are also helped to raise their competitiveness in finance, the quality of products, food hygiene and safety, and establish a distribution system and study markets inside and outside the country.-VNA