Ministry to support industrial sectors to enhance production growth

Update: 16:08 | 13/07/2020
The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) will focus on removing difficulties in industrial sectors in the second half of this year, especially the processing and manufacturing industry, to expand production and business.
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In June, the IIP rose by 13 percent in the processing and manufacturing sectors. (Photo: congthuong.vn)

It plans to work closely with foreign-invested firms such as Samsung and Toyota and search for local producers to make raw materials and components to replace imports.

The ministry has suggested localities develop material production regions, industrial parks and economic zones to ensure they have raw materials for domestic production.

It will also propose preferential policies for the textile and footwear industries as well as other sectors that have suffered greatly from the COVID-19 pandemic. It will build incentive mechanisms for the production of materials for those sectors.

The MoIT predicts that in the second half of the year, the domestic electronics industry will still be greatly affected by the pandemic that could reduce demand for electronic products in the US and Europe.

Samsung Vietnam is expected to reduce its export target to about 45.5 billion USD, lower than the export value of 51.38 billion USD in 2019.

However, the ministry observes that many countries worldwide have highly appreciated Vietnam's disease control. This is considered an important factor to attract more foreign investment into Vietnam after the pandemic ends. That will help Vietnam boost growth in production and exports in the future.

Effects of COVID-19 see industrial production plummet

Effects of COVID-19 see industrial production plummet

The MoIT reported the index of industrial production (IIP) in June increased by 10.3 percent compared to the previous month. Of which, the IIP rose by 13 percent in the processing and manufacturing sector, 6.5 percent in the electricity production and distribution, and 4.4 percent in water supply and wastewater treatment compared to the same period in 2019.

Meanwhile, the index of the mining industry in June decreased by 3.7 percent from a year prior.

During the first six months of this year, the national IIP increased by 2.8 percent compared to the same period last year. The index surged by 4.6 percent for the processing and manufacturing industry and 2 percent for electricity production and distribution.

There were many difficulties in importing material from China in the first six months, especially in the electronic sector, the ministry said, but with a reasonable balance of production and business, the electronic sector gained growth in the IIP and exports compared to the same period of 2019.

The IIP for electronic products, computers and optical products in June increased by 29.3 percent over the previous month and by 21.7 percent over the same period last year.

This index for the first six months rose by 9.8 percent year-on-year. It was higher than the growth rate of 3.5 percent in the first six months of 2019.

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(Source: VNA)