The branch of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho is running programmes to enhance local business competitiveness in the integration.

The programmes are designed to provide training services for local businesses to build their human resource capacity, connect them with foreign investors and potential partners, and strengthen performance of relevant associations to ensure benefits for local businesses, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Local businesses are advised to devise measures to lower their products’ prices by using alternative domestic sources, reducing reliance on imported materials, and cutting down on intermediaries by working directly with clients and foreign partners.

They are also encouraged to apply advanced technology and international standards in production; connect with Ho Chi Minh City to expand markets for high-potential agricultural products; increase production scale to meet client demand; boost promotion activities and strengthen management.

The programmes also aim to boost business competitiveness in finance, product quality, environmental-friendliness, food safety and social responsibility.

Other targets include establishing product brand names, developing distribution networks domestically and internationally, and holding marketing and promotion activities.

The Mekong Delta is home to more than 78,000 enterprises, many of which lack information on international and domestic markets, their competitors, and labourer skills and knowledge, among others.

They also face unstable exports and financial difficulties for investing in facilities, production, and waste treatment systems.-VNA