Key elements to improve the competitiveness
For domestic industry and trade enterprises, productivity and product quality are key elements to improve their competitiveness. Those two elements have received special attention in Japan since 1995, in Singapore since 1981, and in Vietnam since 1996.
Vietnam National Chemical Group’s Head of Technical Department Chu Van Nguyen said, “To attain sustainable growth, we attach great importance to productivity and product quality improvement. In addition, improved production and competitiveness require advanced techniques applied to enhance quality, eliminate waste, reduce costs, and shorten production period. These are also key to our corporate long-term survival.
Similar to the chemical industry, the coal industry is hungry for solutions to improve productivity and product quality. According to the Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Holding Corporation’s Science, Technology and Development Strategy Department, the demand for coal from the national economy is increasing while the coal mining is becoming more and more difficult due to limited coal resources, unfavorable geological conditions for mining, and backward mining science and Technology. Thus, to improve coal productivity, quality, and processing is essential.
To improve productivity and product quality, corporate efforts are indispensable; however, most participants in the seminar agreed that corporate efforts are not enough and they would need additional support from relevant agencies in terms of quality regulations, technical standards, and development direction. Deputy Director of the General Department of Standardization, Metrology and Quality Control Vu Van Dien confirmed that productivity and quality improvement should be properly implemented via a national program so as to be able to create a breakthrough.
How to improve the quality of industrial goods
To support businesses to further improve productivity and product quality, the Prime Minister has recently approved the program for improved productivity and quality of industrial goods.
According to Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Head of Department of Science and Technology Nguyen Dinh Hiep, this is one of the nine projects under the national program on improving productivity and quality of industrial goods to be realized until 2020. The project is designed to improve productivity and quality of industrial goods, application of modern technology in industrial production, value-added products, and the industrial standards.
The project will be implemented in two phases with the missions including encouraging industry and trade enterprises to improve productivity and quality, build standards and technical regulations; apply management system and modern scientific and technological achievement.
With the state funds, industry and trade enterprises will be financially supported in carrying out technical training, building quality standards, researching and assessing product, piloting new models of quality and productivity management. When deployed, the project is expected to further increase domestic enterprises’ market competitiveness.
During the 2012-2015 period, the project targets at a number of goals including compiling 500 Vietnamese quality standards; controlling capably unsafe goods; 40 percent of domestic enterprises implementing productivity-quality projects; 2,000 key enterprises applying scientific and technological advancements; 20 percent of product quality laboratories being upgrade to international levels; and raising the proportion of the total factor productivity (TFP) growth in the gross domestic product (GDP) by 35 percent by 2015.
In the 2016-2020 period, the project will set goals including 100 percent of domestic enterprises implementing productivity-quality projects; 50 percent of product quality laboratories being upgrade to international levels; and the TFP/GDP ratio by at least 40 percent by 2020./.