The Ministry of Science and Technology has announced a list of 65 Vietnamese enterprises that have been granted national quality awards.

Of them, 19 firms will receive gold awards, including Can Tho Sugar Joint Stock Company, Thanh Hoa Medical Materials Equipment Joint Stock Company, Trafaco Joint Stock Company and Information Technology of the Central Power Corporation.

The remainder of the firms will receive silver awards.

The award ceremony will take place in Hanoi on March 22.

Ngo Quy Viet, Director General of the ministry's Directorate for Standards, Metrology and Quality, said the awardees performed excellently in maintaining and improving quality systems, and in contributing to provincial and national economy.

He also said in difficult conditions, enterprises needed to care about boosting productivity, technology and the quality of services and products.

The national quality awards will partly help the firms to take a relook at themselves to improve the quality of their services and products, Viet added.

Established in 2009, the awards are granted by the Prime Minister, and are part of a system of the International Asia-Pacific Quality Awards of the Asia-Pacific Quality Organisation.

The firms are judged on seven criteria of leadership, strategic planning, customer service and market focus and measurement, as well as knowledge management, workforce focus and process management and results.-VNA