Hai spoke highly of the award recipients for their achievements in contributing to the nation’s socio-economic development.
He emphasised that the gemstones, jewelry and handicraft industry has a lot of potential and holds a strong competitive edge that should be capitalised on during the process of global integration.
However, he called for industry craftsmen to be more creative in their designs.
He said the majority of products have been made manually on a small scale that in turn lowered the productivity and the competitiveness of the businesses.
The Deputy PM awarded the Labour Order, third class, to Do Minh Phu, chairman of Doji Gold & Gems Group.
Distinguished members of the Vietnam Gemstones, Jewelry and Handicraft Association also received separate certificated of merit from the Prime Minister, State Bank of Vietnam and Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Founded in 1989, the Vietnam Gemstones, Jewelry and Handicraft Association has operated nationwide and is now accommodating 12,000 companies and 33,000 individual members.