Nestor Scherbey, senior consultant at the Vietnam Trade Facilitation Alliance (VTFA), made this suggestion during a conference held on April 4 in the southern province of Dong Nai.
With the assistance of technical experts, provincial governments need to conduct surveys on foreign-invested enterprises in order to define types of materials and intermediate goods that local manufacturers could provide foreign firms.
This move would ensure that the final product would be eligible for tax incentives from agreements such as Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and EU-Vietnam FTA.
Not only localities, he said, but multinational companies should also draw up plans and make changes in their global supply chains, in order to meet TPP’s regulations on origin and that of other agreements if they wanted to take advantage of tax incentives that these agreements could bring, as countries to which they exported their finished products participated in these agreements.
In his speech, Dau Anh Tuan, director of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Legal Affairs Department, said Vietnam remained a safe destination for many foreign-invested companies, and the ratio of foreign-invested firms which used materials and parts supplied by Vietnamese enterprises has been increasing.
A report from the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) showed that the purchase of spare parts from Japanese firms in Vietnam in 2015 was 32.1%. The rate was higher than 22.4% in 2010. However, the rate was lower than those of Japanese enterprises operating in China with 64.7%, Thailand with 55.5%, Indonesia with 40.5%, and Malaysia with 36%.