Rubber group urged to create value-added products hinh anh 1Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) visits the Vietnam Rubber Group (Source: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has stressed the need for the State-owned Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) to develop processing industry, thus creating value-added products.

During talks with VRG management and workers on January 5, the Government leader appreciated efforts made by the group in maintaining production and business, while ensuring jobs for nearly 90,000 workers in the context of falling rubber latex price.

He asked the group to renovate management and push equitisation and restructuring in the spirit of transparency and publicity, to ensure no loss of state capital.

Attention should also be paid to improving living standards of workers, especially women, he noted.

The PM required the group to build a specific action plan to successfully implement the group’s production and business plan in 2018.

The Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG), one of the biggest economic groups in Vietnam, posted 3.6 trillion VND (158.7 million USD) in after-tax profit in 2017. It is actively preparing for its upcoming initial public offering (IPO) in the first quarter of this year.

In November last year, the VRG’s five-year production and business plan for 2016-2020 received government’s approval. The plan targets an average annual growth of 18 percent during the period, with total revenue surpassing 40 trillion VND (1.76 billion USD) and profit of around 9 trillion VND (409 million USD) by 2020.-VNA