Mekong Delta enterprises upbeat

July 26, 2018 | 16:46
Most enterprises in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta are optimistic about their business prospects in the second half of the year, according to results of a survey issued at a seminar held yesterday in Can Tho.
mekong delta enterprises upbeat
Basa fish processed at Binh An Seafood Joint Stock Company in Can Tho City. - VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hung

Nguyen Phuong Lam, deputy director of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Can Tho, said according to a survey of 62 companies in the Mekong Delta conducted by the VCCI, more than 83 per cent of businesses said they had stable business production in the first half of the year.

Of the figure, 41.9 per cent of the enterprises said business results had been better during this time; 45.2 per cent said they had stayed the same; and 12.9 per cent said it had been worse than the same period last year.

More than 90 per cent of businesses said that business results would be better in the second half of the year, while 9.7 per cent said it would be worse.

According to the survey, 80 per cent of the enterprises plan to keep their current production scale, while 20 per cent will expand production in the second half.

In the second half of the year, 30 per cent of businesses said they would increase their sales by around 25 per cent or less (mainly seafood, rice and garment makers), while 14 per cent said they would increase sales by more than 25 per cent.

Ten per cent of businesses said their profits would remain unchanged; 34 per cent said their profits would increase; and 14 per cent said their profits would decrease, according to the survey.

Most of the companies said they had experienced some difficulties because of fluctuating prices of materials, as they are dependent on imported raw materials.

Meanwhile, fishery enterprises said they faced difficulties in consumption, according to VCCI Can Tho.

The seminar, organised by VCCI Can Tho, aimed to help enterprises in Mekong Delta seize opportunities from the Comprehensive Partnership and Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade agreement and take advantage of the vast Chinese market.

The delegates also discussed the CPTPP’s impacts on some key industries in the Mekong Delta as well as advantages and challenges of Vietnamese products exported to Chinese market.

Phung Thi Lan Phuong, head of the FTA Division of the WTO and Integration Centre of VCCI, said the CPTPP was viewed as a better option for Viet Nam and its 10 other partner countries, following the US withdrawal from the former Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

She said the CPTPP would enable Vietnam to sign three new free trade agreements (FTA) with Canada, Mexico, Peru and seven upgraded FTAs with other members.

The CPTPP brings benefits from reduced tariffs, which could increase Vietnam’s GDP by 1.1 per cent annually.

Though this number is less than one-sixth of the same benefits the former TPP had promised, the CPTPP may help boost Vietnam’s institutional economic reform, she said.

She also said, however, it would be a challenge for the Vietnamese business community to take full advantage of the CPTPP.

The task of implementing the CPTPP is of great importance for domestic enterprises.

Economic growth dynamics in Viet Nam are still lacking because of low labour productivity and over-dependence on the world economy and the foreign-invested sector, according to Phuong.

The country must improve productivity and administration, and demonstrate an overall commitment to the free trade conditions of the agreement, she said.

On March 8, 2018, Vietnam and 10 other economies signed the CPTPP. If six countries approve it by the end of 2018, the CPTPP will come into effect in 2019.

CPTPP, also known as TPP-11, is an open free trade agreement (FTA) whereby countries can join after the agreement enters into force if they accept its standards and member countries agree.

The 11 signatories to the CPTPP include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

Attending the workshop were leaders of VCCI Can Tho, economic experts, and representatives of the departments of Planning and Investment, Industry and Trade, as well as associations of enterprises and enterprises from provinces and cities in the region.


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