Third Mekong Connect to take place in Ben Tre hinh anh 1Logo of the forum (Source: Internet)

Can Tho (VNA) – The third Mekong Connect 2017 will be held on October 25-26 in Ben Tre city, the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre, focusing on seeking measures to make full use of advanced technology to optimize the value of local products, the organizing board announced on October 10.

Themed “Developing local resources in association with technology strength,” the economic forum will be a platform for domestic and international scholars, policy makers and businesses to share stories about promoting local resources to help the region seek new development orientations.

Held by the Vietnam Association of High Quality Products and the People’s Committees of four Mekong Delta localities of An Giang, Ben Tre, Can Tho and Dong Thap, the forum will focus on how to promote local products such as coconut of Ben Tre, rice of Can Tho, fish of An Giang, and lotus and tourism of Dong Thap.

Vu Kim Hanh, President of the Vietnam Association of High Quality Products said that this year, the forum will draw representatives from 500 Vietnamese firms, 100 foreign-invested businesses, and 20 international business organisations.

They will discuss the formation of a value chain for each product, the commercialization of the products, changes due to technology development and arising problems.

The event will also help connect local businesses and foreign partners.

Nguyen Huu Lap, Vice Chairman of the Ben Tre People’s Committee said that the province has more than 70,000 hectares of coconut farm and the coconut processing industry earns 200 million USD from exports each year.

However, Lap said that the local government is seeking links with other localities to make full use of advanced technology to increase the value of coconut products, including coconut milk.-VNA