The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang has enjoyed a 16.7 percent year-on-year rise in exports, exceeding one billion USD this year despite a difficult economic situation, a provincial official has said.

According to Dang Thanh Liem, Director of the Tien Giang Department of Industry and Trade, the result, which surpasses the province’s yearly target by 10.38 percent, is an important force speeding up its exports in following years.

Domestic firms contributed 54 percent of the total, while foreign-invested ones made up 46 percent.

Local enterprises shipped abroad 134,220 tonnes of aquatic products for 284 million USD, over 19 million pairs of shoes for 180.22 million USD and nearly 20,000 million clothes items for 211.95 million USD.

Liem attributed the rise to the firms’ efforts in trade promotion and market expansion. Exports to the Asian market account for 33.5 percent of Tien Giang’s total revenue, followed by the EU, America and Oceania.

In the future, the province will continue enhancing trade promotion and support local enterprises to extend their distribution channels, broadening markets and step up exports. The locality will also increase its engagement in trade fairs in and outside the country, he added.-VNA