Building up on the successful introduction of the GIZ-VIETRADE Export Guidelines for fresh fruits, both sides deepened cooperation on private sector development in regard of export processes to China. To enhance capacity of Vietnamese SMEs, GIZ and VIETRADE conducted a train-of-trainer (ToT) based on the Export Guidelines in Hanoi on 12-13 September 2018.

During a detailed selection process, suitable candidates from export-oriented companies, associations, trade-promotion agencies, and academia were chosen to participate in the ToT. With regard to export fresh fruits to the Chinese market, attendees were trained on respective export strategies and plans, procedures, regulations, certification requirements as well as giving further advice to Vietnamese companies planning to export fresh fruits. Furthermore, new digital tools for trade facilitation, like QR-codes to track products throughout the supply chain, were demonstrated.

The ToT trainees came from different regions in Vietnam to guarantee the dissemination of knowledge on export processes to China is widely shared across the Vietnamese business community for future practices. Furthermore, it improved the network among participants’ companies and agencies from different regions. The ToT was organised and conducted by a GIZ-VIETRADE expert team that already issued the Export Guidelines for dragon fruit, longan, lychee, and watermelon last year.

To follow-up on the ToT, the trained trainer will conduct trainings for Vietnamese export-oriented businesses and associations in North, Central, and South Vietnam this year. The trainings will be accompanied by the expert team to ensure an effective implementation.