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More than 30 per cent of textile, garment operations on hold due to COVID-19

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Many textile and garment factories are having to halt operations due to COVID-19.— VNA/ Photo Phạm Kiên

HÀ NỘI — The proportion of textile and garment factories that have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic has reached 30-35 per cent according to the Việt Nam Textile and Apparel Association (Vitas).

“I think that a number of these factories will even have to close for a long time, especially small and medium enterprises,” said Vũ Đức Giang, chairman of Vitas at an online meeting on Monday.

Businesses, he said, do not have enough funds to pay for three-on-site working arrangements to support employees to return to work. This is a huge challenge to stabilising Vietnamese textile and garment enterprises.

In addition, the vaccination rate of Việt Nam’s textile and garment industry was still very low, he went on.

The vaccination rate was particularly low in key production areas in the southwestern and southeastern provinces.

Vitas was one of four associations that sent an official dispatch to the Prime Minister, proposing speeding up vaccinations or supporting businesses to buy vaccines to give to workers of export industries. 

The total export turnover of the provinces in the central region accounted for 62 per cent of the total export turnover of the industry. 

Giang notes that this month would be a particularly difficult period, especially for southern businesses due to social distancing requirements.

Up to 90 per cent of supply chains in the sector are currently broken.

Vitas data showed that the export value of the textile and garment industry reached US$18.7 billion in the first six months of the year, while the target for the whole year is $39 billion.

“In the last five months of the year, businesses could only start exporting again if the pandemic situation is completely under control. In the most optimistic scenario, we can only achieve about $32-33 billion,” he said.

Due to the inability to ensure the production situation as planned, the disruption of the supply chain had also put huge pressure on many textile and garment enterprises.

With the pressure of a seasonal manufacturing industry in which timeliness is imperative, failing to deliver on time would cause customers to cancel orders which would impact the industry in the medium term.

One concern is the number of workers leaving HCM City in a hurry to return to their hometowns. The Vitas representative said that their ability to return when the localities open again is also a huge challenge. This could foreshadow a very serious labour shortage in the immediate future. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/economy/1003124/more-than-30-per-cent-of-textile-garment-operations-on-hold-due-to-covid-19.html

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GDP to reach 3.5-4 per cent this year

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Việt Nam’s exports this year would increase by 10 per cent which is quite impressive in the current world context. — Photo vietnamplus.vn

HÀ NỘI — The country’s GDP this year is expected to reach 3.5-4 per cent if the COVID-19 pandemic is controlled in September and a ‘new normal’ achieved from the fourth quarter, said Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyễn Chí Dũng.

Việt Nam’s exports this year would increase by 10 per cent while State budget revenue will exceed the estimate. The growth will be low but quite impressive in the current global context.

“This forecast is lower than the set target of 6.5 per cent this year, but achieving this level needs a huge effort, requiring more drastic actions of both the political system and localities,” Dũng said.

If GDP reaches the level, this will be the second year that Việt Nam’s GDP has not completed its growth plan. In 2020, GDP grew by 2.92 per cent due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This would affect the implementation of the overall goal of the five-year plan in the 2021-25 period.

He said that social distancing has seriously affected production, business, labour and employment. Meanwhile, the country has spent large resources on the fight against the pandemic, affecting State budget revenue and expenditure. The pandemic also affects the establishment of businesses and attracting FDI.

In particular, domestic consumption of agricultural products faces difficulties due to low purchasing power. The increasing input prices have affected the psychology of production expansion and re-herding. In addition, the price of animal feed continued to increase due to the difficulty of importing raw materials and high transportation costs, which greatly affected livestock development.

The minister said localities need to take advantage of the recovery momentum of major economies that have a great influence on Việt Nam’s economy. The country should rapidly restructure the economy and add elements of innovation and promote the values ​​of Vietnamese culture and people.

He asked localities to give priority to preventing the pandemic so as it doesn’t re-emerge, leading to social distancing, disrupting production and supply chains. In addition, they should have regular dialogues with businesses to create a favourable investment environment while closely following new trends to build socio-economic development plans, including public investment.

He added that during the current difficult time, the local authorities’ attitude to businesses is even more important than the above support.

The localities were also asked to ensure social security and support for affected people as well as actively develop local economic recovery plans, take advantage of the world’s new opportunities to achieve growth targets, and contribute to the overall growth of the country.

“Researching and proposing solutions to build an economic recovery programme after COVID-19 is important and urgent. The solutions should be implemented immediately after the pandemic is under control, focusing on recovering key sectors and areas,” he added.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Planning and Investment will submit to the Government an economic recovery project in October. It is expected that the next two years would be the economic recovery time of the whole country.

“The world changes very quickly. If we don’t build an economy that is autonomous and adaptive, we will be unexpectedly passive. For example, the pandemic could last for a long time, not to mention natural disasters. Currently, the ministry is developing a project to build an autonomous economy.”

Many international experts said that the economy has many optimistic signals to be able to return to a good growth trajectory if the pandemic is controlled. The Government has been on the right track in defining and implementing a vaccine strategy and key economic policies.

Tim Leelahaphan, an economist in charge of Việt Nam and Thailand at Standard Chartered Bank, said that Việt Nam is on the way to its goal of becoming a regional supply chain centre, a modern industry and a future high-income country. Việt Nam has also benefited from the recent supply chain shift. However, it should be noted that the ability to control COVID-19 would play an important role in Việt Nam’s economic prospects in the short term.

Economists also said that the driving force of economic growth depends heavily on the implementation speed of support solutions for people and businesses; expanding commercial activities, taking advantage of opportunities from free trade agreements (FTAs), digital transformation, and accelerating disbursement of public investment capital. This is the short-term and long-term driving force for Việt Nam’s economic growth and also the measures that Việt Nam has taken since the outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020.

Economist Võ Trí Thành said the Government’s solutions to continue implementing security and business support packages are timely. However, the important issue is the implementation speed of support policies, with more accessible criteria to maximise support for businesses, ready to prepare for the post-COVID-19 period. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/economy/1032214/gdp-to-reach-35-4-per-cent-this-year.html

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Vietnamese man’s billion-dollar game conquers int’l market

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Nguyen Thanh Trung, founder and CEO of Sky Mavis, an Ethereum-based project, started his business from the world market first with only 5 percent of the gamers being Vietnamese.

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Vietnamese man’s billion-dollar game conquers int’l market

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Episode 13 of talk show “Nguy Co”.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/business/vietnamese-man-s-billion-dollar-game-conquers-int-l-market-4357279.html

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Vietnam’s economy will recover after lockdown is lifted: WB economist

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Vietnam’s economy will recover on the back of solid growth achieved in the first half of 2021 after the lockdown is lifted, Dorsati Madani, Senior Economist at the World Bank (WB) Vietnam, has said.

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Vietnam’s economy is expected to recover after the lockdown is lifted. 

The economy is likely to bounce back strongly from the end of the third quarter, similar to how it has recovered after the lockdown was eased in April last year.

She said though Vietnam is facing multiple economic risks due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, its economy has proven to be resilient and dynamic. The country was among a few nations sustaining positive economic growth last year.

The economist also expressed her hope that the Vietnamese economy can rebound in the future as a result of the recovery of its major markets, such as the US, China, and the EU.

Last month, the WB forecast Vietnam’s GDP to expand by about 4.8 percent in 2021, two percentage points lower than its projection last December.

“Whether Vietnam’s economy will rebound in the second half of 2021 will depend on the control of the current COVID-19 outbreak, the effective vaccine rollout, and the efficiency of the fiscal measures to support affected business and households, and to stimulate the recovery,” said Rahul Kitchlu, WB Acting Country Director for Vietnam.

“While downside risks have heightened, economic fundamentals remain solid in Vietnam, and the economy could converge toward the pre-pandemic GDP growth rate of 6.5 to 7 percent from 2022 onward.”

The WB is waiting for figures to be released by the General Statistics Office (GSO) by the end of this month and the Vietnamese government’s decision on reopening the economy to revise its GDP prediction./.

Source: VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/business/vietnam-s-economy-will-recover-after-lockdown-is-lifted-wb-economist-775198.html

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