09:14 | 07/01/2019 Economy- Society
(VEN) - Activities designed to strengthen demand-supply connections between Hanoi and various provinces have contributed to promoting sales and boosting socioeconomic development.
Hanoi has a large retail network with 22 trade centers, 132 supermarkets, 454 markets, nearly 1,000 convenient stores, and 766 safe fruit shops. However, the supply of goods in the capital has still not met local residents’ full needs.
Nguyen Doan Toan, deputy chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee, said the city had implemented many cooperation programs and connection activities, and signed some 1,000 memorandums of understanding with more than 50 provinces and cities nationwide on goods supply and distribution. Trade promotion activities and goods supply-demand connection programs between Hanoi and the provinces of Son La, Bac Giang, Hai Duong, Lao Cai, Phu Tho, Lang Son, Lam Dong, Hoa Binh, Bac Kan, Hung Yen, Ha Giang, Tra Vinh and Dong Thap have provided opportunities for businesses to promote sales and expand markets.
During the 2016-2018 period, Hanoi cooperated with other provinces and cities to organize 28 supply-demand connection conferences and activities, and 18 weeks of fresh fruits and agricultural products.
Hanoi has also regularly coordinated with provinces and cities nationwide to provide a list of manufacturers for distributors to promote direct connection activities. In addition, the capital city has offered support for 25 provinces and cities to deliver their safe fruits to 766 shops in 12 urban districts and business households in wholesale markets, while encouraging businesses to participate in trade fairs and exhibitions to introduce their products.
Hanoi has also helped businesses of 46 provinces and cities in bringing their products into the distribution systems of foreign companies, such as Japan’s AEON, the Republic of Korea’s Lotte, Thailand’s Central Group, and France’s Rungis.
Tran Thi Phuong Lan, deputy director of the Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade, said the city has taken the initiative in linking production and promoting development of supply chains of agro-forestry-fishery products with 21 provinces and cities. Hanoi has created favorable conditions for the distribution of many agricultural products and local specialties, such as fruits and vegetables, pork, chicken, and seafood.
At a recent goods supply-demand conference, delegates from 56 provinces and cities discussed ways of connection to promote economic development. They expressed their desire for Hanoi’s support in goods supply and distribution in the capital city, and pledged to create favorable conditions for Hanoi’s businesses to explore trade opportunities in localities.
Le Van Su, deputy chairman of the Ca Mau People’s Committee, said Ca Mau Province has made greater efforts to develop information technology and e-commerce to promote cooperation with Hanoi. At present, many local specialties are being distributed in Hanoi, such as Nam Can crab and Dat Mui shrimp. He also expected that more and more representatives of Hanoi’s trade centers and supermarkets would come to the province to seek trade opportunities.
Hanoi officials say they have faced many difficulties in finding suppliers in localities, especially ones that can supply large quantities with assured quality. In addition, some goods have been oversupplied in the capital city, resulting in price drops.
Kim Lien & Tuan Vu