HCM City has set a goal of boosting the export of its key products this year and beyond via trade promotion activities and assistance to enterprises.— Photo congthuong.vn
HCM CITY — HCM City has set a goal of boosting the export of its key products this year and beyond via trade promotion activities and assistance to enterprises.
According to a recent survey of manufacturing-processing companies conducted by the municipal statistics office, 35.7 per cent of respondents believe business and production will be better in the first quarter of 2021 than in the final quarter of 2020, while 29.9 per cent predict that the number of export orders will increase and 44.5 per cent believe numbers will remain stable.
Head of the statistics office Huỳnh Văn Hùng said COVID-19 has been largely brought under control in Việt Nam, resulting in the production sector exhibiting signs of recovery. Local enterprises, however, continue to face difficulties as many major trading nations are yet to open their markets.
He noted that enterprises are in need of diverse and long-term support relating to information on importers of materials and fuel, new markets and partners, and domestic consumption stimulus measures.
According to Nguyễn Phương Đông, Director of the municipal Department of Industry and Trade, despite facing myriad challenges, last year the city still saw five goods post export turnover in excess of US$1 billion: computers-electronic products and components, with $17.8 billion; garment-textile $4.3 billion; footwear $2.2 billion; machinery-equipment-spare parts $2.2 billion; and other goods $6.9 billion. Together their export value accounted for 83.5 per cent of the city’s total.
Key export markets remained China, the US, and Japan. China imported $10.5 billion worth of goods from HCM City last year, up 23.7 per cent year-on-year. Exports to the US and Japan, meanwhile, stood at $6.7 billion and $2.8 billion, down 0.2 and 16 per cent, respectively, year-on-year.
Phan Thị Thăng, Vice Chairwoman of the municipal People’s Committee, directed local departments and sectors to identify and introduce measures to attract FDI and official development assistance (ODA).
She highlighted the importance of improving the business climate; encouraging the establishment of new enterprises in industrial production, electronics, and IT; and building mechanisms for effective inter-sector and inter-region cooperation. — VNS