Ms. Phan Thi Thang, Vice Chairwoman of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, on October 21, chaired the seminar on 20 years of practice and solutions to improve the effectiveness of the market stabilization program in HCMC, with the attendance of experts, scientists, the business community, HCMC departments, agencies, and leaders of neighboring localities.
It is only half a month left until the 2022 Lunar New Year, the purchasing power at trade centers and supermarkets has gradually improved. Vice Chairwoman of the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Phan Thi Thang shared with SGGP Newspaper about the plan to take care of citizens in general and underprivileged workers in particular on the occasion of Lunar New Year, as well as specific solutions to prevent poor quality goods.
From the beginning of January to now, the wholesale markets of Hoc Mon, Thu Duc, Binh Dien have received 2,600 tons, 1,600 tons, and 1,500 tons of goods per day, respectively. Thereby, prices of food and fresh goods have declined by about 20 percent.
Although the purchasing power is not expected to hike suddenly during this Lunar New Year, Ho Chi Minh City has been ready to supply tens of thousands of tons of food and foodstuff products every day to ensure consumer demand before, during, and after the Tet holiday.
Unlike previous years, manufacturing enterprises do not have much time to prepare for the Lunar New Year because all of them have just gone through a difficult period due to the prolonged Covid-19 pandemic. However, with positive signals of the market, enterprises are striving to increase output, as well as implement safe production solutions, so that the progress of supplying goods to the market for the Tet holiday will not be affected.
Most of the traditional markets have been urgently planning to resume operations. Meanwhile, the purchasing power in the supermarket system has dropped sharply because people did not buy and hoard goods as before.
According to the Department of Industry and Trade of Ho Chi Minh City, from August 23 to now, the city has continued to strengthen social distancing following the motto of “staying put wherever you are”, trade activities of goods, food, and foodstuffs in the area encountered many difficulties at first, especially in the supply and distribution activities of food and foodstuffs to citizens.
Vice Chairwoman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Phan Thi Thang, in a recent meeting, asked departments, Thu Duc City, and districts to quickly reorganize local supply points of goods with an appropriate method, resume operations of points of sale of food and essential foods at traditional markets. The decision of the leaders of the People's Committee of HCMC is right, but in reality, reopening traditional markets is not an easy task.
It was recorded at supermarkets and food stores in Thu Duc, Binh Thanh, and Phu Nhuan districts, the volume of essential foods, such as vegetables, fruits, meat, and fresh fish, was quite plentiful on July 9, while the number of customers decreased by about 50 percent compared to the previous day.
Before Ho Chi Minh City carries out Directive No.16, the Food and Foodstuff Association of HCMC (FFA) said that food processing enterprises had increased their production capacity by 50 percent to ensure a stable supply of goods for citizens in the next six months.
People can feel assured that there will never be a shortage of goods during social distancing. Goods are plentiful and diverse, and the supermarket system will operate throughout the day, so people should not rush to shop and gather too many people at one place, which will increase the risk of Covid-19 infection.
The Department of Industry and Trade of Ho Chi Minh City, on the evening of July 6, said that it has focused on activating scenarios and plans to create sources of essential goods to ensure the balance between supply and demand of goods with specific solutions.
Despite the complicated situation of the Covid-19 pandemic, which greatly affected the transportation and circulation of goods, on the afternoon of June 27, it was recorded that goods in Ho Chi Minh City were still abundant, especially essential items.
Deputy Director of the Department of Industry and Trade of Ho Chi Minh City Nguyen Nguyen Phuong, on June 20, affirmed that the commodity market and purchasing power was normal on the first day that the city implemented Directive No.10 of the municipal People's Committee on tightening and strengthening measures to prevent and control the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to Saigon Co.op, thanks to the preparation of large quantities of goods, essential, price-stabilized, dried, and frozen goods will be supplied to the market regularly in the next six months. Fresh food items are also being supplied stably and transported smoothly, so there will not be significant fluctuations in the next few months.
According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the general purchasing power on the market showed signs of improvement, and the supply of goods, especially the group of essential food products, was very abundant in November this year. To maintain stable prices, enterprises need to focus all resources on production, organize more promotional activities and promotions to stimulate shopping demand at the end of the year.