Vietnam to protect production at industrial parks

  • As IPs play an important part in the country’s exports and local economic development, the re-emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic could cause disruptions to production and business activities, causing tens of thousands of workers to work alternate shifts or take temporary leave, said experts.
  • Bắc Ninh Province started the first ever production-residence-combined model in the country to deal with the ongoing outbreaks in the IPs.
  • Many cities’ businesses have prepared plans for on-site production and accommodation.
  • Economist Ngô Trí Long said that the fourth wave poses other problems. The first priority was to fight the pandemic, but at the same time keep production chains intact. “In the planning and development strategy of IPs, it is necessary to prepare and respond to the pandemic and limit the spread of the disease. The construction of concentrated accommodation and catering for workers in a closed chain in industrial parks and factories will be a long-term solution. Thus, it is easy for us to stamp out the pandemic, not to spread it in the community.”
  • Economist Nguyễn Trí Hiếu told Việt Nam News: “The local economy has spent the first five months relatively optimistic. Exports grew over the same period in 2020, foreign trade maintained growth, jobs were restored, and GDP continued to grow. However, from now until the end of 2021 the situation will be very unpredictable.”
  • He added: “We still have strength in exports. Many markets around the world are being strongly affected by the pandemic, but there is a lot of demand for goods, especially agricultural products. However, the pandemic must be controlled and the production must be maintained.”

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