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Workshop on the introduction of Northern implementation plans within SME Support Program

VIETRADE - Workshop on the introduction of Northern implementation plans in main phase (2015-2017) within the program “Decentralized Trade Support Services for Strengthening the International Competitiveness of Vietnamese Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)” was held on 15th January 2015 at Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (VIETRADE), Ministry of Industry and Trade, 20 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Ha Noi.

The Program is a technical cooperation project financed by the Government of Switzerland and implemented over a four-year period (2013 – 2017). The Program is managed by VIETRADE under the National Execution modality (NEX). The overall objective of the program is to increase SMEs’ capability on market access and product development in key export sectors through technical support.

 

At the meeting, Mr. Do Kim Lang, Deputy Director of VIETRADE, National Program Director stressed the necessity of strengthening the links between Trade Promotion Organizations (TPOs), Trade Supporting Institutions (TSIs) to form a solid regional network, especially utilizing local resources to generate the best outcomes of trade promotion activities. Besides, the Program aims to build appropriate business support modality which will operates effectively and be replicated when the program finishes.

 

In addition, the Project Management Unit (PMU) presented the activities implemented during the exception phase and drafted workplan for 2015 and the following years.

 

The participants also discussed and contributed ideas to the workplan in main phase including: strengthening competitiveness of SMEs, building capacity on trade promotion network, activities of the Programme Consultative Committee (PCC) and Technical Working Group (TWG), building materials and training course on promotion skills, improving TPOs’s capacity on product and service development, coaching SMEs’ export skills on selected sectors of the Program.

The selected product categories within in framework of the program are litchi, tea (North), tuna, pepper (Central), Trafish, fruits (Southwest), handicraft, logistics services and tourism (National).

 

One of the important issues in this workshop is the establishment of 3 TWGs: Product Development TWG, Training – Consultant TWG, Trade Finance TWG. All Groups will be established in 3 regions and have 3 meeting per year at the same time with PCC’s meeting.

 

The participants highly appreciated the great efforts of PMU in building detailed workplan and meeting the real demand. Some representatives expressed their desire that the Program could implement activities soon in order to help them link with their province’s workplan.

 

After the Workshop, PMU continues to hold the same Workshop in Central and Southwest region.

 
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