HCM City enjoys good economic recovery, development signals

Thursday, Jun 02, 2022 08:24

Processing tra fish for exports at a factory in the southern province of An Giang. Viet Nam has set a seafood export target for this year of $9 billion. — VNA/VNS Photo Vu Sinh

Socio-economic recovery and development have been seen in HCM City – the biggest economic hub in southern Viet Nam, with strong growth in production and business activities.

In May, the city’s Index of Industrial Production (IIP) rose 6.5 per cent over the previous month and 9 per cent year on year. As a result, the city’s IIP in the first five months of this year expanded 2.6 per cent year on year.

Strong rises were seen in many sectors, including processing-manufacturing at 44.8 per cent and rubber and plastic product production 33.1 per cent.

A representative from the city Department of Industry and Trade said that trade and service activities in the city started to recover from several months ago. Despite the strong increase in petrol price, local firms have struggled to overcome difficulties from the rise in material prices towards recovery and development, said the representative.

Statistics showed that total revenue from retail and service activities in the city in May reached VND96.28 trillion (US$4.15 billion), up 0.8 per cent over April and 10.4 per cent compared to the same period last year. In the first five months of 2022, the figure hit VND456.15 trillion ($19.67 billion), a rise of 0.6 per cent year on year.

Local firms attributed the increase to recovery in the number of tourist arrivals after the Government decided to fully open the tourism sector from March, especially during the 31st Southeast Asian Games, and the increase in wedding party bookings. Meanwhile, the expansion of online shopping as well as development of logistics technologies have bolstered trade activities.

Exports top $20b

HCM City’s exports were up 7.9 per cent in the first five months of the year to $20.7 billion, according to its Statistics Office.

Exports of industrial products rose by 11 per cent to more than $12.6 billion, accounting for 74.9 per cent of total exports.

They included shipments of $6.85 billion worth of computers, electronic products and components, $1.8 billion worth of garments and textiles and $1.13 billion worth of machinery, equipment and accessories.

China remained the city’s largest market, buying nearly $4.37 billion of its exports, up 10.6 per cent year-on-year.

It was followed by the US and Japan at nearly $3 billion and $1.1 billion.

The city’s imports were up 11.6 per cent to $28.44 billion.

A number of exporters have reported they have orders for until the end of the year.

Experts said global inventories are currently at very low levels, while demand has gradually recovered after a long time of stagnation due to the impact of the pandemic.

Orders have continued to increase, and exporters are now concerned because raw material prices and freight rates remain high, they added.

Similarly, garment and textile firms have orders for the whole year and are actively producing to fulfil them. — VNS

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