The Minister of Industry and Trade, Vu Huy Hoang, has approved 44 projects in the second phase of the National Trade Promotion Programme that will run until the end of this year.
The programme, which aims to step up export and domestic trade promotion activities, especially in rural, mountainous, border and island areas, is estimated to cost 35.456 billion VND (1.7 million USD).

With the second phase, the National Trade Promotion Programme 2012 will have a total of 90 projects costing 79.39 billion VND (3.78 million USD).

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade's Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency, the projects will cover a range of promotion activities including domestic trade exhibitions, international conferences on export commodities and capacity building for trade promotion officials.

It aims to popularise the potential and strengths of various regions and localities and promote the use of Vietnamese goods by Vietnamese people./.VNA