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HCM City eyes boost to supporting industries

Update: May, 04/2018 - 08:30
A sourcing fair to link Vietnamese supporting industries with FDI and other manufacturing firms held recently by the HCM City Department of Industry and Trade. — VNS Photo
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — HCM City will continue to focus on developing supporting industry, and targets meeting 45 per cent of national demand for manufactured inputs by 2020 and 65 per cent by 2025. 

These are said to be ambitious targets in the context that the sector is still poorly developed.

Since the city’s Decision 15/2017/QĐ-UBND to help businesses develop the manufacturing and supporting sectors took effect on April 24, 2017, the Department of Industry and Trade has received applications from 11 projects.

It has appraised nine projects requiring a total investment of VNĐ943.2 billion (US$41.4 million), and two of them with a combined investment of VNĐ222 billion have been approved by the People’s Committee for interest-subsidised loans of VNĐ110 billion.

The department has also co-ordinated with the State Bank of Việt Nam to organise bank-business linkage programmes to actively help enterprises borrow money.

It has signed a memorandum of understanding with Vietinbank for a credit package of VNĐ10 trillion ($438.59 million) for manufacturing and parts supply companies.

In the first quarter of this year, the department also organised some other activities to enable parts manufacturers to market their products. They included a sourcing fair for connecting supporting industry with buyers, which featured more than 230 business-to-business meetings between 17 local and FDI firms in the electronics, automobile and mechanical engineering sectors and 80 local part suppliers.

The department’s Centre for Supporting Industries Development has built a comprehensive database for the industry at with information about 530 out of the 860 supporting industry enterprises based in the city.

This would help parts suppliers and buyers understand each other’s capabilities and explore tie-ups.

The department has also worked with industrial parks and processing zones, and many of them such as Tân Thuận, Hiệp Phước, Linh Trung, and Đông Nam processing zones plan to earmark areas or develop high-rise factories for supporting industry at reasonable rentals to meet demand.

According to economists, there is huge demand for spare-part products, but domestic production is unable to meet it.

HCM City has certain advantages as it seeks to develop supporting industry.

Trần Anh Hào, head of the department’s industry division, said the department would review the investment stimulus programme with regard to the manufacturing and parts sectors to submit to the city for approval.

It would also build a programme to develop the sector, identify the most promising products this year, provide training and evaluate the local content rates in the city’s four key industries (food processing, chemical-rubber, mechanics and information technology) and two traditional industries (garment and textile, and footwear), Hào said.

The city has rolled out practical support policies for enterprises to invest in upgrading their machinery and equipment and technologies, thereby increasing local content rates and enabling them to take part in the global supply chain, the department said. — VNS


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