Small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho were brought together at a workshop on May 20 to hear about a Swiss-funded programme enhancing SME export competitiveness through a local trade promotion system.

The nearly 4 million USD programme will open up numerous opportunities for local firms to join the global supply chain with high value-added products and services in the traditional professions of fine arts and handicrafts, seafood processing, and fruit cultivation, said Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Vo Thanh Thong.

The project, which has been carried out from 2013 and will last until 2017, is a continuation of another Swiss-funded programme assisting Vietnam in trade and export promotion in the 2004-2010 period.

In addition to increasing SMEs’ contributions to the national export turnover by improving their access to trade promotion services at regional and lower levels, the four-year programme will also support the establishment of a national export council.

This aims to reinforce Government officials’ capabilities in overseeing and evaluating the realisation of the national export strategy.

Through the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the Swiss Government has supported Vietnam’s sustainable economic growth since 1993 and has pledged to fully support the country in the long run.-VNA