The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) reported that in the first four months this year Vietnam reached a year-on-year increase of 6% in total export value to US$52.87 billion. The rate was lower than the growth rate of 7.2% in the first four months of 2015 against the same period of 2014.
The experts were worried about achieving the yearly target in growth rate of total export value at 10% to US$181 billion for this whole year.
With the low growth rate in the first four months, the nation’s export value must reach an average at US$16 billion per month in the remaining eight months to reach the total export value for this year, the ministry said.
That was a big challenge for this nation because the average export value in the first four months stood at US$13.2 billion per month, while the average export value in 2015 reached US$13.5 billion per month, reported Thoi bao Kinh doanh newspaper.
The ministry said the low growth in exports was mainly due to the strong reduction in export value of the fuel and ore group by 44.9%, while other processing industrial groups had an average growth rate at 5% for each group, including chemical products, textiles, garments and footwear.
The average price of Vietnamese exports dropped as the price of various products, excluding cashew and rice, dropped on the world market, the ministry said.
Phạm Ngọc Hưng, deputy of Ho Chi Minh City Entrepreneurs Association, said that local enterprises should re-build strategies for production and business and restructure enterprises to increase quality of products and the competitive ability of companies.
The ministry would receive suitable support for local enterprises to operate efficiently in markets where Vietnam had free trade agreements for expanding their export markets.
It would also update information for local enterprises about the advantages of free trade agreements with Vietnam’s foreign partners.
Tran Thanh Hai, deputy head of the ministry’s Import and Export Department, said enterprises should actively update information about free trade agreements to take full advantage of the agreements and increase the value of their export products.