In this scene of international integration, the development and construction of a fair trade system is the easiest way for Vietnamese products to sustainably develop…
At the workshop “New horizons – Promoting fair trade in Vietnam” sponsored by EU delegation in Vietnam and organized by Vietnam Rural Industries Research and Development Institute (VIRI), Mr. Bui Huy Son, head of Trade Promotion Agency under MoIT stated, in the scene of international integration, the development and construction of a fair trade system is the easiest way for Vietnamese products to sustainably develop through fair trade conditions guaranteeing rights of producers and consumers.
“Fair trade is currently encourage and pushed forward strongly by articles of EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), as well as trade strategies and newest trade investment of EU. The promotion of fair trade in Vietnam contributes greatly to create more opportunities for producers, especially in mountainous and rural areas through the fair trade channel in Europe, from which establishing a model of responsible production and consumption”, said Mr. Bui Huy Son.
Fair trade is understood as the cooperation on the foundation of dialogue, transparency and respects, aiming to equalize international trade. With the aim to build and develop a global trade system based on fair principle of production and trade, fair trade contributes to the sustainable development by proposing better and healthier trade conditions while guaranteeing rights for producers and laborers with difficult conditions. Fair trade now represents around 1.5 million producers and laborers in 1200 organization from 74 countries. Up to 2013, total fair trade sales worldwide was at 5.5 billion Euro, of which 86 million Euro were used as welfare funds. In Vietnam, with around 25 cooperatives certified with fair trade in coffee, tea, passion fruit, and spices, the welfare funds of all these cooperatives made up a total of 1 million US dollars. This welfare fund is used by the cooperatives to improve product quality as well as buying fertilizers, seedlings, expanding stocks, training for labors on working conditions, improving cultivation techniques or building welfare constructions such as houses for the homeless, roads, schools or setting up contributions for flood victims or poor households.
(Khánh Chi – from