11:04 | 01/06/2015 Economy- Society
(VEN) - The One Commune One Products (OCOP) Program initiated in Quang Ninh has yielded positive results, being regarded as one of the province’s step towards sustainable development.
Promoting internal resources
Quang Ninh has abundant goods resources including agricultural products, seafood, fruit and vegetables and coal and has prepared for the OCOP Program for the 2014-2016 period to enhance local production capacity while improving product quality and branding.
After more than one year of implementation, 13 out of 14 districts in the province have set up OCOP management boards. The program has attract more than 30 participants who have developed 65 products and services. OCOP management boards have selected 34 out of these 65 products and services to categorize them into six groups including foodstuff, beverages, herbal medicines, fabrics and garment, gifts and decors, and tourism services. All the selected are being finished.
During the implementation of the OCOP program, Quang Ninh Province Department of Industry and Trade have organized business link promotion programs to help local producers with access to traditional retailers and major distributors including Big C, Metro and Co.opmart.
In addition, it has closely coordinated with the Association of Vietnam Retailers (AVR) to support participants who have introduced products up to standards and are looking for potential distributors, as well as AVR members who are interested in related products and services.
To date, many products and services developed under the OCOP Program have secured a firm foothold in the market and won customer trust including Dong Trieu pottery and Binh Lieu arrowroot noodle.
According to President of DK Pharma Company Tran Van On, who has been engaged in Quang Ninh’s OCOP Program preparation and implementation, the OCOP program has been deployed based on innovative principles and has recorded initial results due to various difficulties, which will need close cooperation of the government, enterprises, farmers and scientists to address. The program is regarded as a platform for the local rural business community to improve their products and services while creating more jobs for rural workers.
“This year, the OCOP Program will focus on enhancing production, trading and standardization of last year’s registered products. In addition, related training courses for OCOP Program steering boards at district and commune levels, business managers will be offered. The OCOP Program awareness will be raised among local people so as to attract more participants from different economic components,” said Truong Cong Ngan, the Head of the Quang Ninh Province New Rural Area Construction Program Steering Board and Deputy Head of the Quang Ninh Province OCOP Program Steering Board.
Dang Huy Hau, Vice Chairman of the Quang Ninh Province People’s Committee and Head of the Quang Ninh Province OCOP Program Steering Board said, “The OCOP Program is part of the Quang Ninh Province New Rural Area Construction Program, which has helped rank the province among the country’s leading provinces and cities in the implementation of the One Village One Product Program integrated into the National New Rural Area Construction Program.
By Ha Thu