13:23 | 16/01/2016 Industry
(VEN) - Rural industrial bases, which are key to local industrial development, have benefited from industrial development policies and programs.
One hundred and sixty technical demonstration models will be supported under the national industry promotion program until 2020 during the 2016-2020 period
Support helps overcome difficulties
According to the Agency for Regional Industry Development under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the majority of rural industrial bases are small scale and limited in investment, use outdated technologies, employ unskilled workers and fail to develop the market as well as a brand name in a sustainable manner. In addition, rural industrial products are poor in terms of design and quality and have high production costs.
Recognizing that these limitations have had a negative impact on the production and trading of rural industrial bases and weakened their competitiveness, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has positively implemented specific policies and mechanisms to help rural industrial bases overcome difficulties. In addition, the ministry has also asked subordinate agencies to launch a series of industry promotion activities.
In 2015, the national industry promotion program provided support for 239 industry promotion projects related to vocational training and skill improvement. 1,615 trainees were employed, 600 rural industrial base managers and owners were trained, 50 technical demonstration models were applied, 96 rural industrial bases were supported to buy new equipment and technologies, 18 rural industrial bases were supported to register a brand name, 25 rural industrial bases were supported to establish, 100 rural corporate websites were opened and five rural industrial clusters were set up.
Under the national trade promotion program, the Ministry of Industry and Trade provided support for 4,044 rural industrial bases to set up 8,306 booths at fairs and exhibitions that attracted 1.7 million visitors. During these events, sales contracts worth VND126 billion and US$145 million were signed.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade also organized three goods supply and demand seminars to promote links between rural industrial bases and distributors across the country. During the seminars, 118 memoranda of understanding were signed between rural industrial bases and large distributors including Big C, Lotte Mart, Co.op Mart, Aeon Mall and Hapro Mart.
More incentives available
To promote rural industrial development with a period of increasing international integration, the Ministry of Industry and Trade will provide more incentives for rural industrial bases.
The national industry promotion program until 2020 with total funding of VND1.21 trillion is expected to help rural industrial bases further develop. During the 2016-2020 period, the program targets training 100,000 rural workers, constructing 160 technical demonstration models, supporting 600 rural industrial bases to purchase new equipment and technologies, 1,400 bases to participate in trade fairs and exhibitions and 120 industrial clusters to build wastewater treatment systems.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade will focus all available resources on rural industrial development activities including vocational training, scientific application, product design and quality improvements, market and distribution network development, support industry development and raw material provision, all with a view to improving rural industrial bases in terms of increasing competitiveness while decreasing production costs.
Rural industrial bases in several provinces have made significant contributions to the national industrial growth in recent years, particularly in 2015. For example, Bac Ninh made up 14.86 percent in the national export value, Binh Duong 11.4 percent, Dong Nai 8.34 percent and Thai Nguyen 5.75 percent. The supplies of rural industrial products including consumer goods and processed food and foodstuffs have helped with satisfying local consumer demands and stabilizing local markets.