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Lang Son (VNA) – A conference connecting Vietnamese and Chinese exporters of agro-forestry-fishery products was held in the northern mountainous province of Lang Son on November 12.

Hosted by the ministries of Industry and Trade, Agriculture and Rural Development, and provincial authorities, the event attracted leaders and businesses from the northern provinces of Lang Son and Hai Duong, and the Chinese province of Guangxi and Chongzuo city.

As part of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s trade promotion programme in remote, mountainous and island areas, the event allowed participants to seek new partners.

Speaking at the conference, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam said China makes up a large share of Vietnam’s food produce exports, including rubber latex (70-75 percent), cassava (100 percent) and dragon fruit (67 percent).

To clear existing difficulties, Nam said the ministry has asked the government, ministries and agencies to support domestic and foreign firms in border trade activities and issue special mechanisms for individuals and organisations to build infrastructure near border gates.

The ministry also suggested the government conclude negotiations for the Vietnam-China border trade agreement, which will replace the deal signed in 1998.

In the past nine months, imports and exports of farm produce via Lang Son province hit over 1.1 billion USD.-VNA