On 19 January 2018, the GIZ SCSI Programme together with the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency VIETRADE introduced export guidelines for dragon fruit, longan, lychee and watermelon to the public in Hanoi. The kick off gathered participants from SMEs, business associations, academia, and involved ministerial departments. The guidelines support Vietnamese businesses to export agricultural goods to China by detailing the process step-by-step.

After a fact-finding mission in February 2017, GIZ SCSI initiated the compilation of export guidelines with their Vietnamese partners. In close cooperation with VIETRADE, SCSI commissioned two experts to issue the four guidelines. The fruits were jointly identified by Vietnamese partners due to their export potential and considerations of sustainability.

The expert team utilised a participatory approach through seeking input from all involved stakeholders. Throughout the compiling process, the expert team received huge support by all actors involved. Comments and suggestions from ministries, customs officials, business associations, SMEs and academia contributed greatly to the report.

Following the introduction workshop, SCSI and its partner in Vietnam are currently planning further dissemination and trainings aided by the guidelines for the private sector during the course of 2018.