The National Trade Promotion Programme 2012 will continue focusing on export to eight key markets, head of the Trade and Industry Ministry’s Trade Promotion Department Do Hai Thang said.

Thang announced the plan at a discussion within the framework of the meeting of Vietnamese overseas trade counsellors, in Hanoi on Dec. 19.

He said trade promotion activities in 2012 will focus on the US, Europe, China, Japan, ASEAN, India, Africa, the Middle East and Southern Asia, adding that those markets are expected to help the country to fulfil the target of earning 108 billion USD from exports next year.

Thang also affirmed that the success of trade promotion programmes were attributed to contributions from Vietnamese overseas trade offices, which provided pertinent information about foreign markets and business consultancy to Vietnamese enterprises.

In 2011, the national trade promotion programme registered many achievements, with a total contract value of more than 800 million USD signed between Vietnamese enterprises and foreign partners.

Noteworthy were the Vietnam-China International Trade Fair 2011, which saw 19 contracts signed with a value of 201 million USD, and the China-ASEAN Trade Fair, with 300 million USD worth of signed contracts./.