In February 2017, the GIZ SCSI Programme successfully conducted a fact-finding mission to Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam (CLV). As part of the mission a workshop regarding “ACFTA – Recent developments in exporting Agricultural Goods to China,” was held with the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (VIETRADE) of the Ministry of industry and Trade (MoIT) in Hanoi. Building up on a main outcome of the workshop, the drafting of guidelines for Mango, Longan, Lychee and Dragon Fruit to support Export processes for Vietnamese SMEs to China was jointly initiated by SCSI with its partners on site.

On 24 August 2017, the SCSI and VIETRADE organised a kick-off workshop in Hanoi to obtain feedback on the drafted export guidelines structure. The consultant team from Vietnam – comissioned with the task – presented on objectives, structiure, content, methodology, and further approaches of the guidelines. Participants from SMEs and trade promotion centers as well as respective minitsries provided constructive and valuable feedback, which will be included in the preparation process.

China’s fruit market witnessed steady growth in the past several years, both regarding total import volume as well as import value. As neigbouring countries are rich on agricultural resources, the fresh fruit sector has huge export potential to China for Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam (CLV). SCSI aims to improve export processes and capacity of SMEs from these three countries’ trading with China.