From traditional markets to a modern retail distribution system

The Ministry of Industry and Trade wants to move the nation away from traditional markets to a modern retail distribution system, accounting for 40 per cent of the total retail trade by 2020.

Presently the modern retail distribution channels accounted for only 20 per cent of the total retail trade, including food, hardware, appliances etc, Deputy Minister Ho Thi Kim Thoa told a conference in Ha Noi on Tuesday.

The rest was sold at traditional markets.

Statistics from the ministry showed that the country now had more than 8,500 traditional markets, 615 supermarkets and 102 commercial centers.

However, traditional markets accounted for 80 per cent of the total retail market, Thoa said.

“The strategy would focus on developing the distribution system nationwide, creating favorable conditions to develop businesses in all economic sectors, especially providing supports for small and medium-sized enterprises,” Thoa said.

She said the strategy would also create an association to establish big groups for retail distribution systems.

In addition, it would develop commercial infrastructure to accelerate the domestic market and open the retail market under the road map established when it joined the WTO, she said.

The conference was named the “Development Strategy for Domestic Market in the Period of 2011-20”.

Thoa said the domestic market turnover this year was expected to reach nearly VND2 trillion (US$ 95 million), increasing 29 per cent over last year.

“If we exclude the price increase factor, the growth rate of the domestic market would be 7-8 per cent,” she said, adding that this was a relatively high level in the context of the global economic crisis.

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