HA NOI — Ninety-six enterprises were presented with National Quality Awards at a ceremony in Ha Noi yesterday.
Among those firms honoured, 11 were presented with gold medals, while the remainder received silver awards.
Firms ranged in size from conglomerates to small and medium-sized enterprises in various fields, including pharmaceutical, agricultural products, chemicals, construction materials, fertilisers, seafood, engineering, foodstuffs and trade.
Notably, two businesses, Minh Long I Co Ltd in southern Binh Duong Province and Robot Investment Corporation in HCM City, were presented with the 2011 Global Performance Excellence Award (GPEA) by the Asia-Pacific Quality Organisation.
At the awards ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan praised the achievements of the winners. He said by focusing on improving quality and services they had become more competitive and made a greater contribution to the development of the domestic business sector.
The deputy prime minister added that the award-winning firms should act as role models for other enterprises wishing to boost earnings by becoming more competitive and efficient.
Meanwhile, Hoang Minh Chau, general director of Nam Duoc JSC, which has won a National Quality Award for the last two years, said: "Each enterprise should focus on product quality, especially at the moment when competition is particularly stiff, even in the local market."
"The awards have encouraged us to continue implementing quality-management systems with the aim of raising standards. The awards have helped us win greater trust among local and international consumers," he said.
National Quality Awards are based on criteria such as building trademarks, development strategy, customer and market trends, management, human resources development and performance results.
Since 1996, when the annual awards were launched, about 1,400 businesses have been presented with certificates of merit, while 26 others received a GPEA from the Asia-Pacific Quality Organisation. — VNS