New horizons – Promoting fair trade in Vietnam

Fair trade and other ethical labels are encouraged and promoted through articles from EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement published on February 1st 2016 as well as other new commercial and investment strategies from EU into Vietnam. In this scene, “Promoting fair trade in Vietnam” project – sponsored by EU – organized Workshop ‘New Horizons – Promoting Vietnam’s Fair Trade Products’. The workshop is led by EU delegation in Vietnam, with the participation of Commercial Counselors and Development Cooperation counselors at EU Member States’ embassies, representatives from MoIT, MARD, associations and fair trade enterprises.

The workshop focuses on these main contents: (i) Promotion of fair trade in the EU-Vietnam FTA Agreement; (ii) Overview of the fair trade supporting policies in Vietnam; (iii) Presentation of the project ‘Promoting fair trade in Vietnam’; (iv) Success stories of companies; and (v) How to promote Vietnamese fair trade products at the EU market. At the workshop, there will be discussion on proposals to counselors of EU member states in order to promote fair trade including: proposals for promotion of fair trade products in Vietnam; support for fair trade producers; support for buying fair trade products in Vietnam.

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.

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