It is expected that industry promotion funding of Dong Thap province in 2014 will reach 2.792 billion VND, of which the local funding is 1.543 billion. The Vietnam Economic News reports.

To fulfill this year’s industry promotion plans, Dong Thap province’s Industry Promotion and Development Consultancy Centre is implementing a number of measures such as closely monitoring on-going industry promotion projects, quickly handling arising problems and creating favorable conditions for the beneficiaries.

According to reports from the centre, in the first nine months of this year, it has coordinated with beneficiaries to carry out most of the registered industry promotion projects. More specifically, the center organized five vocational training classes in handicrafts for 142 rural workers in Lai Vung, Cao Lanh and Tam Nong districts and five other classes to start business for 145 trainees in local small businesses and production units.

The centre also aided millions of VND for local enterprises to build technical performance models and apply modern equipment and technologies as well as providing them with mechanical facilities. It also implemented numerous industrial development consultancy, cleaner production and energy efficiency projects.

According to Mai Van Doi, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Industry and Trade, during the nine-month period, the provincial industry promotion activities have helped rural industrial facilities expand their production and business, making an important contribution to the 6.7 percent growth of the provincial industrial production value. The industry promotion campaigns also improved awareness of the enterprises of changing production process and products designs, helping further raise the provincial product value.

However, Doi also said in the remaining months of this year, there are a lot of works to do to fulfill this year’s plan such as organising three vocational training classes for 180 rural workers in Thanh Binh, Cao Lanh and Tam Nong districts and three other classes to start business for the local production households and improving professional skills for mechanics.

To complete this relatively large work volume, Doi asked the provincial industry promotion center to quickly carry out the unimplemented industry promotion projects, closely monitor those projects under implementation and rapidly handle arising problems.

In the long term, the center needs to improve the efficiency of industry promotion activities, encourage the participation of local workers and production units and mobilise more social power resources for industry promotion. It also needs to gain more experience from industry promotion models of other localities, such as the energy efficiency and cleaner production models.

In addition, the center needs to continue to organize vocational training courses for the local rural workers, call for more cooperation among small production households to ensure product supplies and expand markets. The centre should coordinate with the local authorities, businesses and production units to create close connections in implementing new industry promotion models, seeking new markets and suitable equipment to help the rural industrial and handicraft units reach a sustainable development.-VNA