Kien Giang exports surpass yearly target hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Kien Giang (VNA) - The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang earned 470 million USD from exports in 2017, surpassing its target by 17.5 percent, up 43 percent year on year, reported the provincial Department of Industry and Trade.

Le Thi Nhut, Deputy Director of the Department, said the growth was led by increases in the export of aquatic products, which reached 192 million USD, exceeding the target by 32 percent, up 42.5 percent year on year, thanks to growing demand in traditional markets.

Local exporters sought foreign partners and stepped up the use of technology to meet product quality requirements of import markets, while focusing on processing to enhance the added value and competitiveness of their products.

Border trade exchange has been accelerated, contributing to boosting local exports. The locality has also consolidated traditional markets, expanded to new ones and sought partners.

Numerous trade promotion events have been conducted in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Japan, India and in North America.

Provincial authorities have also helped local export firms attend trade fairs and forums at home and abroad so they can introduce their products to potential partners.

Kien Giang enterprises have developed links with those from Australia, New Zealand, and Israel to ship their canned aquatic products to those markets.

In 2018, the province aims to earn 520 million USD from exports. To realise this target, the province plans to produce high-quality shrimp and rice for processing and export.

It will also encourage and help local enterprises to update their technology, equipment and improve production process to improve product quality.

The locality will continue addressing difficulties facing local exporters while boosting trade promotion and expanding export markets for local key products, including rice, aquatic products, pepper and fish sauce, as well as for new products, such as apparel, footwear, wood products and beer.-VNA