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Developing logistics at new heights to avoid lagging

Logistics development in Vietnam has contributed significantly to economic growth, market expansion and development, enhancing consumer enjoyment and economic restructuring of the country.

Minister Tran Tuan Anh spoke at the 2017 Logistics Forum. Photo: Uyen Huong / BNEWS / TTXVN

"There needs to be new determination and new measures to improve the competitiveness of Vietnamese logistics enterprises, in which logistics must be considered an" infrastructure services "industry.

That is the comment of Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh at Vietnam Logistics Forum 2017 by Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Transport, World Bank in Vietnam, Vietnam Logistics Service Association. (VLA) in collaboration with Vietnam Economic Times held the morning of December 15, in Hanoi.

This is the 5th logistics forum and held in a special context, when the Prime Minister signed the issuance of Decision No. 200 / QD-TTg on February 14, 2017, approving the Plan of Enhancing the Action competitiveness and development of Vietnam logistics services until 2025.

At the forum, Minister Tran Tuan Anh said: Logistics development in Vietnam has recently made significant contributions to economic growth, expansion and development of the international market, enhancing the enjoyment of consumers and economic restructuring of the country.

At the same time, the mechanisms and policies and administrative procedures are also concerned by ministries and agencies to improve and create a favorable and favorable environment for enterprises operating in logistics. The tasks assigned by the Prime Minister at Decision No. 200 / QD-TTg dated February 14, 2017 have been actively implemented by ministries, branches, localities, associations and enterprises. remarkable results.

Ministry of Industry and Trade announces Vietnam logistics report 2017. Photo: Uyen Huong / BNEWS / TTXVN

However, logistics in Vietnam is still limited, which has not been solved for many years, such as planning among related industries still has not been closely connected.

At the same time, transport, trade and information technology infrastructure is still weak, not connected with regional countries; Human resources for logistics activities have not met the requirements.

In particular, the competitiveness of business enterprises in logistics services in Vietnam is still not high compared to enterprises in the region and the world ...

In the coming time, Minister Tran Tuan Anh asked experts and delegates to recognize and evaluate the achievements, limitations and shortcomings in Vietnam's logistics activities at all three levels, from the Government. Government, ministries, central branches, localities to associations and businesses in the past time as well as obstacles on mechanisms, policies and administrative procedures need to be removed.

Accordingly, the units should propose solutions to sustainable development of Vietnam's green logistics industry to play an important role in renovating the growth model and restructure Vietnam's economy.

In addition, the ministries, branches and localities also need to cooperate with each other, enterprises need to improve their competitiveness to avoid lagging behind other countries in the region and the world.

According to the Minister, functional departments should study and exchange measures to further strengthen the coordination of construction, completion of transport infrastructure, logistics centers and information technology infrastructure in the direction sustainable in the linkage of key economic regions and economic corridors of our country in a synchronous way, connecting with countries in the region and the world.

In particular, ministries and sectors need to offer solutions to train and develop high quality human resources and professional working styles in logistics activities to be ready to adapt to the process of international economic integration.

According to Mr. Ousman Dione - Country Director of the World Bank (WB), in Vietnam, according to the proportion of GDP, Vietnam's logistics costs are 18%, nearly double compared to the developed economies and 4% higher than the global average ...

Ousmane Dione said that in the past 20 years, Vietnam has signed more free trade agreements (FTAs) than any other country in the region, thus becoming one of the integration economies. the most extensive in the world, with the proportion of trade turnover over GDP reaching over 170%.

Along with that, the export growth of goods reached an average of 15% in the last 5 years, nearly 5 times higher than the global trade growth. As a result, Vietnam is currently emerging as a global industrial production center and one of the world's leading destinations for FDI, attracting about $ 35 billion in registered capital in 2017.

However, the quantity does not always come with quality. Although export growth has increased sharply, Vietnam still only performs the lowest value-added production stages in the global value chain.

Therefore, Vietnam needs a solution to improve import and export efficiency besides trade liberalization in order to realize the vision of becoming a high-income middle-income economy by 2035, when the economy and Export activities have developed to a new level, ensuring rapid growth.

The government as well as the private sector should have a clear roadmap for reform if they want to improve the quality of logistics services according to the increasing demands of an increasingly modern economy. In many areas, groups of solutions will be needed to significantly increase investment in infrastructure.

Mr. Ousmane Dione affirmed: The WB is always ready to support Vietnam in trade facilitation, logistics development and trade competitiveness, considering it a central content throughout the development strategy. growth and growth.

In particular, the WB is also ready to provide research results, comprehensive technical support combined with financial support in the coming time.

In the framework of the Forum, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has officially announced Vietnam Logistics Report 2017 and launched the website www.logistics.gov.vn. This is a fast and direct information exchange channel to help businesses and management agencies capture and distribute information in a timely and effective manner.

Also at the Forum, there were 5 strategic and comprehensive cooperation signing sessions between enterprises, associations and universities to promote and create breakthroughs in logistics services development in the coming time.

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