President Truong Tan Sang has hailed Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for their efforts in maintaining their growth and overcoming difficulties in the international economic integration.

The remark was made during the President’s meeting with 130 representatives of small and medium enterprises in Hanoi on January 16.

At the meeting, delegates briefed the President on a range of obstacles they faced in 2013, including sluggish production, harsh competition and difficulties in loan access while acquiring support from the relevant agencies to better loan access and favourable tax in helping them farewell.

In his address, the President said in addition to proposing relevant ministries and sectors to help tackle difficulties, the SMEs need to enhance their inner strengths to gain better results in 2014 and contribute to Vietnam’s economic growth in general.-VNA