The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho’s goods exports and foreign exchange services are expected to reach 1.5 billion USD by the end of 2013, up 20.9 percent over last year.

Export value is estimated at 1.42 billion USD, a year-on-year increase of 18.4 percent, while exchange services are up to 92 percent compared to the previous year to hit 80 million USD.

The city’s main exports have remained aquatic products, rice and garments, accounting for 35.1 percent, 31.4 percent and 7.8 percent respectively.

To achieve the results, the city’s businesses have flexibly changed strategies towards improving quality of products and increasing competitiveness in the traditional markets whilst seeking new buying destinations.

Can Tho has trade relationships with over 80 countries and territories around the world. Besides the traditional markets of Japan, the US and the EU, the city has also expanded its export markets to the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe .

It sets a target of earning 1.65 billion USD from goods exports and foreign exchange services in 2014, up 10 percent over this year.-VNA