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Vietnamese garment SMEs need better service centres
Oct '11
Textile and garment enterprises in Vietnam, particularly the small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), should focus on upgrading their service centres. This message was delivered to attendees at a workshop on 'Capacity Building for Service Centres to Develop SME Cluster' held in Ha Noi.

The workshop was a part of a three million euro (US$ 4.28 million) development project sponsored by the Italian Government and jointly executed by the Enterprise Development Agency (EDA) functioning under the Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investment and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).

The project is mainly aimed at supporting sustainable development of the Vietnamese SMEs, enhancing their product quality, improve their access to world markets and boost their competitiveness. One of the main strategies adopted under the project is to develop the competitiveness of SMEs by setting up industry clusters and enhancing business links so as to develop an environment that supports innovation and sustainable development.

While addressing the workshop, Italian Ambassador to Vietnam Lorenzo Angeloni said Italy's Government believes that SMEs play a significant role in development of the economy and hence, it focuses on development of SME clusters within UNIDO.

Vietnam should learn from examples of other countries and try to develop its own trademarks, he said and added that Italy would prove to be a good partner for a middle-income group nation like Vietnam.

According to the Deputy Director-cum-EDA Project Director Nguyen Trong Hieu, looking forward to boost the competitiveness and streamlining businesses, the project was executed in Vietnam for almost three years.

He said that establishment of a service centre in North Vietnam would aid textile and garment enterprises to satisfy their local as well as export requirements for design, marketing information and export promotion. UNIDO representative in Vietnam, Patrick Gilabert too spoke on similar lines.

Senior Project Advisor Enrico Ottolini said the service centres would provide facilities like training, testing, technology consultation and opportunities in applied research. These centres would mainly aim at increasing competence and imparting training in skills required for development of the industry.

He further revealed that Vietnam greatly favoured the decision of upgrading the Textile Research Institute (TRI) into a centre offering a wide range of services, right from designing of product to export promotion to pollution control and waste management.

As revealed by the Vietnam Textile and Garment (T&G) Industry data, around two million people in the country are engaged in the industry, which includes about 1.1 million direct employees. Around 77.5 percent of the businesses in the country have the state as major stakeholder, with their number coming to around 4,000.

Vietnam's average export turnover for the current year is pegged at around one billion USD per month.

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