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September alone saw fruit and vegetable exports surge by 0.8 per cent to USD272.16 million over the previous month, representing a fall of 4.7 per cent against the same period last year.

The Import and Export Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade noted that although fruit and vegetable exports to markets such as the United States, the Republic of Korea, Japan, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Hong Kong (China), and Thailand have increased dramatically in recent times, it has not been enough to compensate for fall in exports to the Chinese market.

Overall, the fruit and vegetable exports to China has dropped by 14.4 per cent to USD1.9 billion on-year. This decline can be attributed to escalating trade tensions between the US and China which have reduced China’s agricultural exports to the US market. As a result, the Asian superpower’s agricultural products have focused more inwardly on domestic consumption.

Project to help Khmer people in Can Tho develop livelihoods and preserve script

A training course on Khmer script (Photo for illustration/ Source:

A 600 million VND (25,983 USD) project has launched in the southern city of Can Tho to help Khmer ethnic people develop livelihoods and preserve script.

Accordingly, Khmer script and vocational training classes for 183 Khmer ethnic people aged between 15 and 60 in Co Do district will be held.

Tao Viet Thang, who is from Can Tho city Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs and head of the project, said a research team has implemented a script teaching model at Khmer pagodas, while training ethnic people to grow rice and make handicrafts. The team found that the group’s rice cultivation method was out of date, resulting in low productivity and unstable incomes.

Vietnam ready to open its door to foreign enterprises

Vietnamese Government’s readiness to open its door to foreign businesses, said Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam at the Vietnam Business Summit 2019 in Hanoi on October 16th.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam at the Vietnam Business Summit 2019 (Source:

The Deputy Prime Minister suggested that businesses should pay greater attention to infrastructure, finance, banking, land as well as human training. Vietnam’s economic growth was placed second globally as announced by the World Bank, making the nation a destination for numerous enterprises from across the globe. Vietnam stays ready for the fourth industrial revolution and has boosted the application of information technology in a multitude of fields with better information safety and security./.

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