Bordering Cambodia , thesouthern province of An Giang now has two international and twonational border gates and many auxiliary entry points, which play acrucial role in connecting Vietnam ’s provinces in the Mekong Deltaand the neighbouring country.
An Giang serves as agateway through which local commodities are able to access theAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) market.
Last year, cross-border trade turnover reached 1.76 billion USD, a 24 percent year-on-year surge.
According to An Giang’s Customs Department, its import-export turnoverreached 793 million USD in the first half of this year, up by 31percent from last year’s figure.
Since 2009, theprovince has stepped up trade and investment promotion activities andheld various border fairs to introduce quality Vietnamese goods.
International trade-investment-tourism fairs are held annually in TinhBien district to attract domestic enterprises and those from Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.
An Giang’s exports toCambodia reached 572 million USD in the year’s first half, up by 35percent against the same period last year, noted Mai Thi Anh Tuyet,Director of the provincial Industry and Trade Department.
Exports to Cambodia include key goods like construction materials(cement and steel), groceries, fertiliser and other agriculturalmaterials.
The high trade growth is attributed toimport-export policies and mechanisms annually updated and adjusted byVietnam and Cambodia’s Governments.
An Giangtogether with Cambodian provinces have often held working sessions topromptly remove arising difficulties and facilitate goods exchanges andtrade promotion.
However, cross-border tradeactivities still confront certain barriers in administrative formalitiesand unsuitable regulations, particularly the issue of permission tovehicles passing through border gates.
To easedifficulties, Vietnam’s Prime Minister recently approved regulations onoperating activities in land border gates to intensify trade supportservices and import-export activities.-VNA