More than 8,000 traditional markets will be converted into food safety markets as the Government has assigned the Ministry of Industry and Trade to amend the decree on market investment and development including the conversion of the right to exploit public property in traditional markets. Out of a total of 8,549 traditional markets, more than 8,000 markets are public property under the management of the state.
It was recorded that, on the last two days of the week in Ho Chi Minh City, the number of people flocking to traditional markets, supermarkets, and trade centers increased sharply. Essential consumer goods, such as cooking oil, rice, eggs, fish, and meat, were consumed well, but prices did not hike unexpectedly.
Last week, Ho Chi Minh City held an Economic Forum with a focus on developing the digital economy. As one of the major economic, scientific and technical centers of the country, digital transformation has taken place strongly in the southern metropolis for many years with its presence in all kinds of businesses.
Traditional markets in some provinces and cities in the Central coastal region are not only selling sites but also shopping places for domestic and foreign visitors. After two years of the pandemic, they have been gradually recovered and attracted tourists with local special products.
It was recorded that the purchasing power at traditional markets and supermarkets in Ho Chi Minh City on the sixth day of the first month in the lunar calendar was fairly weak despite several promotions and stable prices.
It was recorded that at some traditional markets and supermarkets in Ho Chi Minh City, the purchasing power has begun to gradually inch up on the evening of January 16 or the 14th of the twelfth month of the year of the Ox in the lunar calendar. Consumers have gone shopping more bustlingly than a few weeks ago.
Ho Chi Minh City authorities have urged businesses to ensure supply of essential goods and necessities and offer promotion programs for the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday while following pandemic prevention measures.
On November 8, the prices of goods at some points of sale and traditional markets in Ho Chi Minh City were recorded to have increased compared to a few months ago. Accordingly, prices of vegetables, meat, and fish surged by VND3,000-VND15,000 per kg, depending on the type.
Nearly one month after the city bringing life back to the new normal state, people are gradually adapting to the current pandemic situation. Most of traditional markets across the city have resumed their operation.
Although the supply of goods has been increasing, strangely, traders have to move out of the market to be able to sell their goods. The reason is that more and more spontaneous markets mushroom around the market areas and buyers are reluctant to go inside the market because of strict Covid-19 prevention and control regulations.
According to the Department of Industry and Trade of Ho Chi Minh City, 103 out of 234 traditional markets have resumed operations in the city by October 22. Localities that have not reopened markets yet include District 7, Binh Chanh, Hoc Mon, and Nha Be districts. It is expected that districts in HCMC will reopen 19 more markets from now until October 25.
Up to now, 69 out of 234 traditional markets have been allowed to reopen trading activities of fresh, dried foods and essential goods between small traders and customers, said the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Industry and Trade.
Despite hesitance, many wholesale markets, as well as traditional markets in Ho Chi Minh City, have begun to increase the volume of goods and open their doors to welcome customers. However, many small traders in wholesale and traditional markets said that they were still worried that spontaneous markets would surround and vie them for goods and customers.
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.
After months of social distancing, Ho Chi Minh City authorities decided to reopen commercial centers, supermarkets, mini supermarkets; convenience stores, grocery stores; wholesale markets, traditional markets; gasoline, oil, gas, chemicals whereas barbershops, hair salons reopen at 50 percent capacity.
After the Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper (SGGP Newspaper) published the article "Wholesale markets face risk of closure again" on September 24, Hoc Mon District authorities urgently checked and handled traders who illegally sold goods on the streets around the Hoc Mon Wholesale Market and nearby roads, such as the National Highway 22 and Nguyen Thi Soc Street.