MoIT to support domestic automobile industry projects

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019 08:12

A manufacturing line of Huyndai Thanh Cong Company in the northern province of Ninh Binh. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hai

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) will implement solutions to support and promote the automobile industry projects of companies such as Truong Hai Automobile Company (Thaco), Thanh Cong Group, VinFast and others.

The support is seen as a good signal for increasing domestic automobile production and assembly in the future.

The ministry will build a pilot part supply chain for automobile manufacturers and assemblers at home and abroad, and study mechanisms and policies to attract investment from multinational corporations investing in large-scale projects in Viet Nam, especially those focused on the brands and models not existing in ASEAN, in order to create conditions for local enterprises to participate deeply in multinational automobile production chains.

The ministry will also revise Government Decree No. 111/2015/ND-CP dated November 3, 2015 on support industry development to solve existing shortcomings in the portfolio of support industry products which are prioritised for development as well as policies for each sector.

In terms of the support industry, the ministry will effectively conduct projects under the support industry development programme, which has been approved for a number of key industries such as automobiles and electronics.

An MoIT report showed many major projects of the automobile industry came into operation and many products rolled out to the market in 2018, marking positive contributions to the growth of the whole industry. They included VinFast automobile production complex with total investment of VND35 trillion (US$1.5 billion) and capacity of 500,000 cars per year, Thaco Mazda automobile production plant with total investment capital of VND12 trillion and capacity of 100,000 cars per year, and Hyundai Thanh Cong automobile factory with total investment capital of VND1.32 trillion and capacity of 40,000 vehicles per year.

“The whole industry has been formed and developed by a number of domestic private industry groups with potential to operate in the processing and manufacturing industry, typically in the field of automobile assembly and production are VinGroup, Thaco and Thanh Cong Group,” the report said.

The report also said that the intermediate goods in industrial production of Viet Nam still depended on imports. The support industry had not yet met the targeted demand. In addition, the level of business co-operation among enterprises was still limited, not yet creating linkages among industries. — VNS

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