Mekong Delta localities have exported 1 billion USD worth of commodities since the beginning of October, bringing the region’s annual export revenue to 9.2 billion USD so far, representing a year-on-year increase of 6.3 percent and accounting for 85 percent of the annual target.

Rice and seafood exports generated more than 5 billion USD in export revenue according to the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region.

Long An, Ca Mau, An Giang, Dong Thap, and Tien Giang provinces and Can Tho city took the lead in export earnings out of the region’s 13 localities.

Deputy Head of the committee Nguyen Phong Quang said the region’s localities actively stepped up trade promotion efforts this year by supporting businesses in conducting market surveys and advertising products in Asian, African, EU and North American markets.

They also offered technical assistance in applying international standards in quality management and financial support for trade, as well as enabling the export of environmentally friendly products with high added values, he added.

The localities also expanded the application of technology in harvesting, processing and preserving rice and seafood, diversified the range of high-end processed goods, and managed commodities more strictly in order to meet the requirements of international markets, Quang noted.-VNA