The three key export sectors in Mekong Delta city of Can Tho which are planned to be focused on investment are rice, seafood, and garments.
In rice sector: According to Mr. Duong Nghia Hiep, deputy director of the city’s Department of Industry and Trade, to increase total exports from 17 percent to 22 percent and to meet the international standard for demanding export
markets like the EU, Japan, and North America, milling, polishing, and packaging plants need to be set up and focused on developing. The remaining 78 percent would be exported to Asian markets like China, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea.
Can Tho tries to get the target of overall exports to one million tons worth US$ 412 million.
In seafood sector: Can Tho will reduce exports of raw seafood and aim to export high quality processed seafood. Tiger prawn and tra fish from Ca Mau, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, An Giang and Dong Thap will be the input for processing. Can Tho apply high technology for processing and preservation of seafood for processing and preservation of seafood to meet the high requirements of strict markets as Asia, North America and Europe. The target of export this year is 160,000 tons of seafood this year for US$ 485 million.
In Garment sector: Can Tho will upgrade plants nearly Rach Ngong 2 bridge and Tra Noc I Industrial Park with 6,500 new sewing machines and 3,000 well- trained workers for high quality products (like: shorts, sweatpants, shirts, vests, jackets, and sweaters) but reasonable price.