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Can Tho (VNA) – The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho earned 1.46 billion USD from exports in the first nine months of the year, reaching 81.7 percent of the yearly target and up 14.65 percent over the same period last year, according to the municipal Department of Industry and Trade (DoIT).

This is the highest result that the city has achieved in many years, said the department.

Nguyen Minh Toai, Director of the DoIT, attributed the rise to the surge in both export volume and the value of major products of the city, such as rice and seafood.

Specifically, in the year’s first nine months, the city shipped 582,455 tonnes of rice abroad for 234.5 million USD, up over 8 percent in volume and more than 20 percent in value year-on-year, while exporting nearly 117,000 tonnes of aquatic products for 378.67 million USD, a rise of 3.83 and 10.3 percent, respectively.

Alongside this, a strong rise was also seen in the export revenue of some other products, such as handicraft by 39.55 percent, garments and textiles by 37.22 percent, and farm produce by 38.46 percent.

Toai said that in the coming time, the department will continue to work closely with other departments and agencies in the city to support local firms in reforming technological application and enhancing the productivity and quality of products.

At the same time, the city will also focus on removing difficulties facing businesses; promoting production and business; strengthening trade promotion activities and administrative reform; and applying policies to support enterprises in capital to reform their technology, enhancing the quality of products to raise competitiveness, added Toai. –VNA