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Hanoi (VNA) - Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh has approved a trade development programme in remote, mountainous and island areas for the 2021-2025 period, which will be implemented in 287 districts of 48 provinces and cities nationwide.

The programme aims to narrow the commercial development gap among regions, helping to promote socio-economic development, raise incomes for people and ensure national security and defence in remote, mountainous and island areas.

It is expected to expand total retail sales of goods and services in mountainous, remote, and island areas by 9-11 percent a year in the period, and develop specialties as well as potential and typical products into branded goods.

The programme will encourage capable traders and enterprises of all economic sectors to engage in commercial activities in mountainous and remote areas and islands, and ensure the balance of goods supply and demand in the market.

It will mainly focus on building a development model of potential commodities; forming establishments for buying and selling specialties, and goods serving production and consumption activities in mountainous, remote and island areas,  and developing and key distribution models to connect supply and demand, and  production and consumption.

The programme will also accelerate the registration of geographical indication (GI) and appellations of origin for potential goods, and encourages the research and development of commerce-service models to connect production-processing and distribution in mountainous, remote and island areas.

Systems of enterprises providing all kinds of services for production and business activities will be developed, while e-commercial applications will be promoted in the framework of the proramme./.