PM urges Vinatex reform

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) to undertake comprehensive reform to develop its production and business. The message was conveyed yesterday to Vinatex by a working group led by Government Office Chirman Mai Tien Dung.
Garment products for export at Duc Giang Corp, an affiliate of Vietnam Textile and Garment Group.  (Photo: VNA/VNS)
Garment products for export at Duc Giang Corp, an affiliate of Vietnam Textile and Garment Group. (Photo: VNA/VNS)
Dung, speaking at a working session with the group in Hanoi, said Vinatex had undergone many reforms and achieved developments in technology, management and jobs for 80,000 workers. However, the group had been experiencing difficulties in the export market since 2016.
Dung said the group must promote further production and business, especially exports, and report on its contribution to growth of the textile and garment industry’s gross domestic product (GDP), its reforms, use of technology and market development. Vinatex should also accelerate project investments and efficiency, he said. quoted Dung saying that “the textile and garment industry had done well in yarn and garment but had had difficulty in other stages, such as support industries and dyeing. So the industry must still import needles, thread and buttons.
“The group must accelerate projects with a total investment capital of VND5 trillion to put them into efficient operation and prevent projects with low efficiency and lost of capital.”
The group is also being tasked with accelerating equitisation of textile and garment enterprises, given that many textile and garment enterprises have had strong development in production and business, especially exports, after equitisation, such as Nha Be Garment and Viet Tien Garment. Vietnam’s garment products have entered markets with strict requirements and key export markets, such as the US, the EU, Japan and South Korea. However, local garment enterprises should undertake reform for traditional export markets, including China, Russia, India and ASEAN countries.
The PM is also asking the textile and garment industry to reform production technology, instead of processing, to create a higher value chain. The industry has applied new technologies for production and corporate management, but it should use technology suited to the industrial revolution 4.0, according to Dung.
And finally, the group is being told to promote internal administrative reform so that managers’ salaries are not so high and those of workers not so low.
Additionally, the Prime Minister asked the group and the Ministry of Industry and Trade to propose administrative reform to create favourable conditions for importing production material.
At the working session, Vinatex chairman Tran Quang Nghi said in the first half of this year, the industry increased exports by 10.6 percent in value to US$14.2 billion.
He said in the second half of this year, the export value was expected to remain stable and export value for the whole year was estimated to achieve a year-on-year growth of 10.9 percent to $31.3 billion. This is higher than the group’s expected export value of $2.78 billion. 

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