|The Italy-Việt Nam Footwear Technology Centre was inaugurated on Wednesday in Bình Dương Province to promote research and development of leather and shoe products and train workers in the use of modern machinery. — VNS Photo|Viet Nam News
BÌNH DƯƠNG — The Italian Trade Agency, the National Association of Manufacturers of Footwear, Leather Goods and Tanning Technologies, and the Việt Nam Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association (LEFASO) inaugurated the Italy-Việt Nam Footwear Technology Centre at the Lefaso Centre in the southern province of Bình Dương’s Dĩ An District on Wednesday.
With its experience in the leather industry, Italy will assist Vietnamese companies in improving product quality through collaboration and the launch of the centre, which will enable technology transfer, consultancy and training of human resource.
The centre is equipped with modern machinery and equipment imported directly from Italy and other European countries, allowing small and medium-sized enterprises in the leather-footwear industry to approach, research and develop new products.
The centre also joins hands with the HCM City Industry and Trade College to organise training programmes for staff in charge of production, design and product development at footwear enterprises, apprising them about leading global design and manufacturing trends.
Diệp Thành Kiệt, vice chairman of LEFASO, said “The Vietnamese footwear industry has a wonderful chance to strengthen its trade relations with Italy in particular and the European Union in general.
“Italy is the fashion centre of the world, and so expansion of trade between Việt Nam and Italy in the field of footwear is very necessary. Bilateral trade has developed quite well in recent years. In 2016 Việt Nam exported more than US$380 million worth of leather-footwear products to Italy, or 8 per cent of its total exports to the EU market.”
The idea of establishing the centre took shape two years ago during a meeting of the Italy-Việt Nam Intergovernmental Committee in Hà Nội. — VNS