|At the meeting (Photo: VNA)
Speaking at the event, Standing Vice Chairman of the Ben Tre People’s Committee Nguyen Truc Son highlighted the strategic position of the Mekong Delta region, as well as its potential and strength as the country’s major hub of food, foodstuff, aquatic products, and fruits.
He pointed to a number of challenges that the region is facing such as fierce competition agricultural exports, high transportation costs, limitations in human resources, inadequate transport infrastructure and especially climate change.
Ben Tre has strengths in agricultural and aquatic products. Many of the province's products such as pangasius, clams, shrimp, coconut products and fruits are popular with customers in China, the European Union, the United States, Japan, the Middle East. In 2023, the province's export turnover reached 1.53 billion USD.
Mr. Son expressed his hope that the newly appointed ambassadors and consul generals will help promote the image of Ben Tre to the world and update local firms with new import regulations and demands in other countries.
Ambassador Mai Phan Dung, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, said that Mekong Delta localities should be more active in expanding international cooperation.
He pledged that the diplomat will always support them in investment promotion and attracting foreign investment.
At the meeting, heads of the Vietnamese representative agencies abroad, businesses and localities in the region discussed prospects for import-export, trade, investment and tourism cooperation between Ben Tre and foreign countries, as well as measures to bring Vietnamese coconut products to foreign markets, while working out solutions to increase investment, trade and tourism promotion in the coming time./.