08:38 | 11/10/2018 Trade
(VEN) - With about four million workers, industrial zones (IZs) and export processing zones (EPZs) throughout the country have become a major market for goods producers and distributors. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has been taking various steps, including the establishment of supply-demand connection models, to facilitate the provision of Vietnamese goods to IZs and EPZs.
Markets for IZ/EPZ workers
Nguyen Tram Anh, a garment worker in the Dong Van IZ in Dong Van Township of Ha Nam Province’s Duy Tien District says she has to go a long way to a market in the district’s Hoa Mac Township to buy foodstuffs and essential goods for her family. Anh said she and her colleagues want a market closer to their workplace, which offers products of good quality and prices. “It will be so good if traders offer us promotions or allow us pay for the goods when we get salaries,” Anh said.
Dang Thi Khien from the Ha Lam Coal Company (Quang Ninh Province) said Vietnamese garments and footwear remain unaffordable to IZ/EPZ workers, and the products remain poor in terms of design.
Vu Manh Tiem, Deputy Director of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor’s (VGCL) Committee for Propaganda and Education said there are 20 million workers nationwide, four million of whom are working in IZs and EPZs. VGCL regularly encourages trade union members to buy and use Vietnamese goods to support Vietnamese workers.
Responding to Vietnamese Goods
In implementing the National Trade Promotion Program, localities have sent more than 3,000 shipments of Vietnamese goods to rural areas, IZs and EPZs. Businesses have brought Vietnamese goods to these areas on an annual basis with increasingly improved efficiency.
Nguyen Thi Phuong, Director of Big C in the north said the chain had organized many mobile sales of essential goods at reasonable prices in provinces accommodating many IZs, such as Ninh Binh, Quang Ninh, Bac Giang, and Vinh Phuc. Big C has offered attractive promotions and attracted a growing number of buyers from among the workers at these sites, Phuong said.
Saigon Co.op Hanoi Director Nguyen Kim Dung said the company has annually delivered 10-12 shipments of Vietnamese goods to rural areas, IZs and EPZs since it was founded, selling all of the goods at manufacturer’s prices, and buyers have taken advantage of the attractive promotions offered by the company.
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai said provision of Vietnamese goods to rural areas, IZs and EPZs
not only benefits workers but also enables businesses to better learn about consumer taste, based on which to
expand their domestic market share in the context of increasing competition with foreign rivals.
Viet Nga & Duc Long