Viet Nam must adjust mechanical engineering development strategy: firms

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 08:44

A mechanical engineering line at the Cosmos Industrial Company, Ltd in Thuy Van Industrial Park in the northern province of Vinh Phu. — Photo

Viet Nam needs to adjust its development strategy for the mechanical engineering industry to ensure it develops sustainably.

So said business associations at a conference promoting Viet Nam's mechanical engineering industry, held in Ha Noi on Sunday by the National Assembly's Committee for Science, Technology and Environment and the Viet Nam Association of Mechanical Industry (VAMI).

At the conference, they said the nation should create technical infrastructure for the economic and industrial sectors to produce a number of technical products instead of joining to foreign production chains.

To develop the local mechanical engineering industry, they said the State should have appropriate, protective policies. Vietnamese mechanical enterprises have lost much of their domestic market share, according to the association.

Representatives of VAMI and some businesses said that since 2013, the industry has begun to see development slow, with the exception of automobile and motorcycle manufacturing, which has maintained a high growth rate.

Reasons for the slowdown included a wider economic slowdown and high interest rates for loans.

Despite that, the State and the private sector have in recent years invested billions of US dollars to buy equipment, machinery and production tools to develop technical infrastructure and build many new factories.

Speaking at the conference, Chairman of the Committee for Science, Technology and Environment Phan Xuan Dung said the State has given priority to developing the industry. Dung said the industrial production value of the mechanical industry has increased year by year and many mechanical products are now made in Viet Nam.

The mechanical industry is considered a key factor in sustaining rapid national industrialisation, he said. To become an industrialised country, the Government has issued policies to encourage investment and development of the support industry and localise production of components and accessories at foreign direct investment (FDI) enterprises.

This is considered an inevitable direction for small- and medium-sized enterprises in Viet Nam during the integration process.

The State has promoted the development of national research programmes for the industry and opened research and development centres to increase the number of products made in Viet Nam and the localisation rate of some products, he said.

However, there are still many obstacles in the industry’s development process, Dung said. The engineering and manufacturing industry has not yet played as central a role in the national economic development as expected.

FDI enterprises are finding it difficult to co-ordinate with eligible domestic suppliers to reduce production costs and increase the localisation rates of their products. — VNS

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