A project to help footwear enterprises meet product safety requirements was launched in Hanoi on September 30.

The project is jointly run by the Leather and Shoe Research Institute, the University of Northampton in the UK and the Vietnam Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association (LEFASO), and is approved by the European Union.

It aims to increase the capacity of small- and medium-sized enterprises to satisfy the technical requirements imposed on export products, and to provide advice on technical barriers to trade and the free trade agreement between Vietnam and the EU, which is expected to be signed by the end of 2014.

According to LEFASO General Secretary Phan Thi Thanh Xuan, the four-phase project focuses on the establishment of a data system on the EU’s technical requirements for footwear products.

It also collects consumer feedback and updates businesses on export market developments, she added.-VNA