Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Hoang Quoc Vuong emphasised the importance of stricter management over industrial explosives as the product has the potential to negatively affect the country’s security, defence, social order and safety.

Speaking at the ministry’s conference on August 28 to review the management of industrial explosives and explosive precursors from 2009-2015, Vuong said that industrial explosives are a special commodity and hold an important role in economic development as an essential material in mining and construction.

According to Cao Anh Dung, Deputy Head of the ministry’s Industrial Safety Techniques and Environmental Agency, all activities relating to industrial explosives from production, maintenance, transportation and usage to import and export must be licensed by authorised state agencies and are subject to strict safety regulations.

In the next five years, the ministry will continue improving legal documents with a focus on adjusting technical regulations in line with international practices.

It will also expand communications to raise awareness among those involved to avoid losses and misuse.

According to the ministry, Vietnam now has eight manufacturers o industrial explosives and explosive precursors with a total capacity of 130,000 tonnes a year.-VNA