Textile sector growth surges

Update: May, 04/2017 - 07:00
The infographic of Việt Nam’s textile and garment exports in the first quarter from 2014 to 2017. — Graphic designed by Đoàn Tùng
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI – The textile and garment sector enters the second quarter (Q2) of this year with promising signs from new import markets, said General Director of the Việt Nam Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) Lê Tiến Trường.

Trường made the observation following the sector’s good results in the first quarter thanks to rapid growth from new markets such as Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), which saw a growth rate of 115 per cent in Russia; and the Asian Economic Community (AEC) with growth of 17 per cent, 11 per cent, 38 per cent, 24.5 per cent, 36 per cent and 5 per cent from Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, respectively.

Statistics showed that the sector earned US$6.75 billion from exports in the first quarter of this year, growth of 12.4 per cent compared with the same period last year.

Although the sector faced many challenges in exports to key markets, including low growth rates of exports to the European Union and the United States of between 6.3 per cent and 6.4 per cent, traditional markets such as South Korea, Brazil and India, maintained high growth between 14 per cent and 34 per cent.

Trường said the sector saw good growth in exports of many new products including swimsuits and raincoats with 29 per cent and 41 per cent, respectively.

“We can see that our efforts in using initiatives to access markets and exploiting bilateral and multilateral trade agreements have produced results, mostly in the EAEU and AEC,” said Trường.

Insiders said that firms in the textiles and garment sector, particularly Vinatex, had performed well in recent years. They had foreseen difficulties of European markets and the failed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement before devising their own ways to promote business overseas with new products.

New markets and new products have developed strongly since June last year when the businesses saw the advantages of trade agreements under negotiation between Việt Nam and other countries. They concentrated on improving capacity, cutting costs and production prices even though domestic basic expenditures continued rising while the forex rate was stable.

In exports, the stable forex rate is a problem for businesses, particularly with Việt Nam’s rivals, including China, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia, devaluing their domestic currencies in order to keep their market shares.

“We textile and garment businesses always expect that in macro policies, there would be calculations to balance the Vietnamese đồng’s forex rate and the currencies of other countries to raise their competition in exports,” Trường said.

The businesses also hoped to enjoy a proper loan interest rate, similar with that of other countries, to help businesses cut costs, said Trường.

Trường said he believed that the sector could reach the growth rate target of 10 per cent this year. This was a high target but with efforts from the entire sector it’s a reachable figure. – VNS