Garment sector eyes 34 billion USD in export turnover hinh anh 1Apparel products being made by workers at Vinh Tien garment company in the southern province of Vinh Long (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam’s textile and garment industry targets a year-on-year increase of 10 percent in export value to 34 billion USD in 2018.

Le Tien Truong, General Director of the Vietnam National Garment and Textile Group (Vinatex), said this target was set despite difficulties in markets at home and abroad. He was speaking at a meeting on reporting Vinatex’s results of production and business in Hanoi on January 2.

In 2018, Vietnam’s textile and garment industry will face more competition, while other textile exporting countries in the world plan to maintain their market shares in the world garment market, as well as expand their market shares further, Truong said.

The local textile and garment industry must be careful with the anti-dumping story, he said.

To achieve the target of more than 10 percent growth in 2018, Vinatex’s general director said that the textile and garment industry must make great efforts to focus further on solutions to increase labour productivity.

He said that Vietnam’s textile and garment industry stands at a good position in the world garment market. The major buyers of the world consider Vietnam as the supply centre and give priority to Vietnam in supplying garment products to them.

Truong said that "Vietnam is the world’s largest producer of men’s and women’s suits. Moreover, Vietnam has had experience in converting from a production method of processing to an FOB (free on board) and ODM (original design manufacturer). Now, the processing has reached only 30-35 percent of production, while FOB has accounted for 55-60 percent and ODM producing textile and garment products, from designing to finished-products, has occupied 10 percent."

In addition, the industry should continue to invest in technology development to create stability, sustainability and efficiency in development of the textile and garment industry, he said.

Last year, the textile and garment industry gained a year-on-year increase of 10.23 percent in the export value of textile and garments to 31 billion USD, higher than its target set at the beginning of the year at 30 billion USD.

Major markets such as the United States, the European Union, Japan and the Republic of Korea maintained good growth, while there were breakthroughs in exports to other markets such as China, Russia and Cambodia, according to Truong.

The Korean market jumped to the fourth position, close to the Japanese market, reaching an export value of 2.7 billion USD in 2017. Vietnam’s textile and garment exports to China in 2017 reached 3.2 billion USD, the same as the export value to Japan.

Meanwhile, Truong said the domestic textile and garment market also gained a year-on-year growth rate of 10 percent in 2017.

The balance in development of the domestic market and the export market has been an important point for the local textile and garment industry to ensure jobs for the employees and to maintain development of the enterprises, he said.

During the meeting, Vinatex reported its total revenue in 2017 was estimated to have increased year-on-year at 10.7 percent to 45.55 trillion VND (2.02 billion USD). Of this, domestic sales reached 10.39 trillion VND, accounting for 22.8 percent of the total revenue, 10.6 percent higher than the revenue in 2016.

The pre-tax profit in 2017 reached 1.43 trillion VND, according to the group.

Vinatex set a revenue target of 48.5 trillion VND, a year-on-year surge of 6.5 percent and a pre-tax profit of 1.45 trillion VND in 2018.

This year, the group will also implement the divestment, according to the decision of the Prime Minister. The Ministry of Industry and Trade will withdraw its investment at 53.5 percent of Vinatex’s shares from the group this year.-VNA