09:28 | 03/08/2016 Society
(VEN) - Backward production technologies, low competitiveness and poor designing capacity are posing various challenges for Hanoi’s leather and footwear sector. To adapt with new context of increasing international integration, enhancing designing capacity should be one of important solutions for this sector.
Hanoi has increased its support for local footwear companies in order for them to improve design and production capacity
Leather and footwear are among the most exported products of Hanoi. Last year, the capital city achieved US$256 million in footwear export revenue, accounting for 2.3 percent of the country’s total of US$12.01 billion, a 3.1 percent increase against 2014.
However, according to experts, the sector failed to catch up with the global trend due to low capacity in designing, which limits the export value of enterprises. Therefore, over the past two years, the Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade organized several training courses with the participation of foreign experts, which were appreciated by domestic footwear companies.
According to Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade Nguyen Thanh Hai, the department will continue to host such courses this year to further improve designing capacity and help domestic companies to update more global footwear trend.
ISC Germany’s Joachim Robert Horzella, a main expert of this year’s training program, said that by joining these courses, domestic footwear companies have opportunities to improve the workforce and market knowledge, which may help them meet higher requirements from foreign partners.
Footwear branding is not a great problem for domestic footwear companies as European importers has begun to appreciate Vietnamese footwear exports and some European producers even set up joint-venture companies with domestic counterparts. The concern should be how to deal more positively with environmental matters of all kind.
According to General Secretary of the Hanoi Leather and Footwear Association Dinh Anh Tuan, signed international trade agreements have created not only opportunities for expanding export markets but also for the restructuring of markets and partners .. However, to benefit these advantages, domestic footwear companies should continue to improve production technologies and capacity, trade modes and workforce quality. Training courses will be part of the solution to boost Hanoi’s leather and footwear collections for export, as well as related support industries.