Central Highlands seek industry promotion initiatives

15:25 | 02/09/2016 Industry

(VEN) - The outdated legal framework and inconsistent mechanisms are main challenges for industry promotion in the Central.

Central Highlands seek industry promotion initiatives

Fine-art wood-working at the Tan My Phong Co., Ltd in Quang Ngai Province’s Quang Ngai City

Numerous difficulties

The Ninh Thuan Department of Industry and Trade mentioned tight budget and low-tech production as the two major obstacles to improve industry promotion. Annually, this province records VND1.9 trillion in revenue, only VND 300-350 million of which is used for industry promotion activities.

National industry promotion funding is another source for Ninh Thuan to seek for help, but very limited. Approved national industry promotion projects are often lower than the proposals.

Inconsistency of industry promotion centers in the region is another challenge for industry promotion activities, said Deputy Director of Thua Thien Hue Department of Industry and Trade Nguyen Thanh.

Eight of the 15 provinces and cities in the  regionthe region have failed to implement Joint-Circular 22/2015/TTLT-BCT-BNV guiding functions, tasks, rights and structure of industry and trade pisions at the provincial and district level. The old industry and trade promotion center models and the shortage of dedicated staff are examples of this.

In addition, industry promotion project assessment and approval may take up to six months, which is time-consuming and affects project implementation.

In short, outdated legal documents and limited budget remain the key challenge for industry promotion in the region.

Solutions in need

Director of the Lam Dong Industry Promotion Center Cao Xuan Khan suggested that to overcome these difficulties, it is necessary to adjust funding levels in accordance with Joint-Circular 26/2014/TTLT-BTC-BCT. Particularly, increasing the funding for outstanding regional industrial product from less than VND100 million to VND200 million, and outstanding national industrial product from less than VND200 million to VND300 million. Industry promotion management expenses would be increased from 1.5 to 2.5 percent of the annual industry promotion funding.

Joint-Circular 22 should be reviewed, amended and put into implementation across the country to improve industry promotion activities, said Nguyen Thanh.

According to Head of the Agency for Regional Industry Development’s Industry Promotion Division Doan Manh Truong, the pision is urging localities to provide feedback on legal industry promotion documents to submit to the Ministry of Industry and Trade for consideration. Suspended national industry promotion projects will be reviewed for feasibility. “The Agency for Regional Industry Development is striving to fulfill the annual industry promotion plan,” he said. 

 

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