Local bank to spend US$2 billion to assist apparel firms

15:43 | 07/10/2015 Finance - Banking

The Bank for the Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) has committed to offering US$2 billion to garment firms over the next five years, stated BDIV Chairman Tran Bac Ha during a workshop held on September 30.

Local bank to spend US$2 billion to assist apparel firms

At the workshop (Photo: vinatex.com)

Given that China is scaling down its domestic production for export due to increasing labour and land costs, Vietnam is emerging as a potential destination for foreign investors, he said.

This opportunity requires Vietnamese enterprises to restructure if they want to compete and integrate effectively, added Ha.

BIDV’s financial support will be channeled into material area development, trade promotion and market expansion.

Phan Chi Dung, Director of the Light Industry Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said that by joining bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements (FTAs), Vietnam will gain deeper access to the world’s large economies, including the main markets of Vietnamese garments: the US, the EU, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

He underscored tariff eliminations resulting from FTAs as an expected boost for Vietnamese exports

According to Industry and Trade Deputy Minister Do Hai Thang, the garments and textiles sector is among sectors that will most benefit from FTAs once they take effect.

Opportunities are coupled with major challenges for the sector, such as origin specifications and regulations issued by import countries, he said, adding that capital mobilisation is also challenging garment and textile businesses and most of them are small- and medium-sized.

Vietnam has been listed among the world’s top ten garment and textiles exporters with an annual average growth rate of 15 percent over the past five years.

In 2014, the country earned US$ 20.9 billion from shipping garments and textiles abroad./.

Source: NDO/VNA

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