Superlight block bricks are being loaded into a container vehicle for export in Long An. (Source: VNA)

Long An (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Long An earned nearly 2.9 billion USD from exports in the first nine months, equal to 68 percent of the year target and an increase of 7.8 percent against the same period last year.

According to Nguyen Van Tieu, director of the Department of Planning and Investment, garment-textiles and cashew nuts are commodities with strong increases.

The export of garment and textile products brought in 622 million USD, up 10.2 percent year on year, while 15,968 tonnes of cashew nuts were shipped abroad for 122 million USD, up 8.6 percent.

The province said in the rest of the year it would continue monitoring enterprises’ production and business to provide timely assistance as well as intensify the fight against the smuggling.

Long An will also organise a conference on investment promotion in mid-October.

The province is pushing ahead with efforts to improve its competitiveness. In 2015, Long An’s Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI) reached 60.86 points, ranked 9th nationwide. The index was 0.51 points lower than that of 2014, leading to the province dropping two places in its ranking. However, Long An remained the second best performer in the Mekong Delta behind Dong Thap.-VNA