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Wood fair focuses on competitiveness

Update: October, 07/2015 - 08:24

A wood production line at Hoang Duc Linh Company. — Photo Tran Viet

HCM CITY (VNS) — Discussions during the four-day bi-annual Vietnam International Woodworking Industry Fair in mid-October are expected to help producers improve competitiveness when the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other free trade agreements come into effect.

Tran Le Huy, secretary general of the Forest Products Association of Binh Dinh, said at a press briefing yesterday that producers would find advanced machinery and technologies at the expo that would help address the country's low productivity.

"Cooperation with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and ILO (International Labour Organisation) for human resource training has been of help," Huy said.

The seminar during the fair, which will be held Oct. 14-17, will include discussions on production management and productivity by experts and leading companies.

The TPP poses challenges in higher standards for labour (including wage, overtime work) and environment, among others. This will push up production costs, Huy said.

Nguyen Chanh Phuong, secretary general of the Handicraft and Wood industry Association of HCM City, said last year Viet Nam's exports of furniture and other wood products totalled US$6.3 billion. It is expected to rise to $7.5 billion this year.

Around 280 companies from 21 countries and territories including Taiwan, China, Viet Nam, India, Spain, Germany and Thailand will introduce 1,200 machines and industrial products and services at the exhibition's 500 stalls.

The event will be held by Vinexad in coordination with Taiwan' Chan Chao International Company at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center, Nguyen Van Linh Avenue in District 7. — VNS

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