Garment industry needs to iron out wrinkles to enable growth

Given an unstable global economy with strong consumer demand for transparency and sustainability, Vietnam’s textile-garment industry is facing mounting difficulties, prompting a need to transform for growth.

Vice General Secretary of Vietnam Textile & Apparel Association (VITAS) Nguyen Thi Tuyet Mai said the US and EU – two major textile and garment import markets of Vietnam – have recently issued stricter regulations on the origin of products.

Economist Huynh Thanh Dien said that Europe is expected to adopt a common strategy to eliminate ‘throwaway’ consumption toward a goal of having only sustainable and recyclable apparel entering the EU market by 2030.

Kieu Manh Kha, Supply Chain Manager at the Vietnam Office of the Cotton Council International, noted all brands will require their supply chain to provide traceability information by 2030. In the short term, by 2025, about 25-50% of brands will apply the requirement.

About 80% of enterprises operating in the Vietnamese textile and garment industry are small and medium companies. The sector employs over 2 million industrial workers and nearly 1 million service workers, but the labour productivity remains low and production costs have yet to be optimised.

In the context of the current volatile and difficult business environment, experts held that only sustainable and flexible development, investment in digital transformation, and application of scientific advances and circular economy model can help businesses stand firm in the market.

In December last year, the Prime Minister signed a decision approving the strategy for the development of the textile, garment and footwear industry to 2030, with a vision to 2035.

According to Mai, this is the legal corridor for the sector to seize opportunities serving growth in the next 15 years, with an expectation that the nation can completely export with Vietnamese brands by 2035.

To this end, enterprises need to comply with labour commitments, sustainably protect the environment, and be profitable, she said.

Regarding the transparency of origin, Kha advised businesses to consider joining the US Cotton Trust Protocol programme as quickly as possible. Via the support programme, Vietnamese textile and garment firms can add quantitative traceability to each product, hence a more transparent supply chain for growth in popularity.

Dien suggested given the current difficulties, companies, in the short-term, should turn to new markets rather than getting back to the domestic market./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Top legislators of Vietnam, Cuba engage in joint activities in Santiago de Cuba

National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and President of the National Assembly of People’s Power, Esteban Lazo Hernández laid flowers at the tombs of Cuban national hero José Martí, leader Fidel Castro Ruz, Father of the Nation Carlos Manuel de Céspedes and “the mother of Cuba” Maria Grajales de Maceo at Santa Ifigennia Cemetery on April 22 (Cuba time).

Speaking at the cemetery, Chairman Hue stressed that the Party, State and people of Vietnam forever remember the great support that the Party, State and people of Cuba have provided for Vietnam during its struggle for national independence and reunification in the past and the cause of national construction and defence at present.

He expressed his firm belief that with the legacy and ideology of Fidel Castro, Raul Castro and the sound guidance of the new leadership, the fraternal Cuban people will overcome all challenges, stay firm with the path to socialism and build an increasingly strong and prosperous country.

He reiterated that the Party, State and people of Vietnam have been and will always stand shoulder to shoulder with the Cuban people and support each other to realise the revolutionary goal and ideal along the chosen path to socialism.

The same day, the top legislators of Vietnam and Cuba visited the 26 of July Historical Museum and the 26 of July school, which was formerly the Moncada Barracks.

Later, they arrived at the Cuba-Vietnam Friendship School in Santiago de Cuba, where they talked to and encouraged children with disabilities being taken care at the school, their teachers and nurses.

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NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue presents gifts to students of Cuba-Vietnam Friendship School (Photo: VNA)

Source: Vietnam News Agency

President Jokowi praises beauty of Labuan Bajo’s Batu Cermin Cave

Labuan Bajo, E Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) praised the beauty of Batu Cermin Cave in Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai District, East Nusa Tenggara, during his visit to the super-prioritytourist destinationwith his family, according to the local tourism office.”The president saw the inside of the cave, then praised the cave’s beauty. He was very satisfied,” West Manggarai Tourism, Creative Economy, and Culture Office official Santo stated here on Sunday. Santo, who guided the president’s visit, said that Jokowi asked many questions during his tour there, including local folklore about the cave. He noted that while Jokowi’s family members who joined the tour walked down the trail to the cave, only Jokowi and his grandson, Jan Ethes Srinarendra, entered the cave. Jokowi and Srinarendra wore helmets as safety precautions before entering the cave by crouching to avoid hitting rocks, Santo added. The official pointed out that the president attracted by the natural features in the Batu Cermin Cave, which he said is maintained to give a good impression to visitors. “The president also hopes tourists’ visits to Batu Cermin Cave can increase after this. In principle, he praised the cave’s beauty,” he remarked. fter observing the Batu Cermin Cave, Jokowi and his family purchased souvenirs sold by local traders at the tourist attraction’s front gate. Jokowi and his entourage arrived by presidential aircraft at Labuan Bajo’s Komodo Airport on Saturday (April 22) at 06.44 pm local time, after spending his Eid al-Fitr morning in his hometown Surakarta, Central Java. Earlier, President Director of Labuan Bajo Flores Tourism Authority (BPOLBF) Shana Fatina confirmed that one of the president’s agenda during his visit was to observe the ASEAN Summit preparation hosted in Labuan Bajoin May. “(The president) is (performing) the final check for the ASEAN Summit,” Fatina stated here on Sunday. Related news: Jokowi checks Labuan Bajo’s readiness for hosting ASEAN SummitRelated news: President Jokowi, First Lady visits Batu Cermin Cave in Labuan Bajo.

Source: Antara News Agency

Indonesia’s Crossfire team partaking in training camp in China

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia’s national esports team for the Crossfire game event is partaking in a training camp program in Hangzhou, China, as part of the preparation for the 32nd SEA Games in Cambodia.”The training camp in China for Crossfire national team is part of PBESI’s (Indonesian Esports Central Board’s) commitment, especially in enhancing the skills and honing the intuition (of athletes) in competing strategically,” PBESI’s Secretary General Frengky Ong said through an official statement on Sunday. He expressed hope that the good preparation of the team and support from professionals will result in good achievements at the multi-sport event. The training camp is carried out at an esports hotel operated by the Chinese technology and entertainment company Tencent. During the program, the national team will also conduct match-ups with strong teams from China to hone technical aspects, including skills and strategies, as well as non-technical aspects, such as mental readiness. “Since February 2023, all national teams have been seriously trained through the national training center held at the Bellezza, Jakarta,” he said. He advised the national team to make the most of the training camp to carry out their mission. Head of Indonesia’s Esports National TeamYohannes Paraloan Siagian explained that Crossfire is one of the first-person shooter (FPS) games that has been around for a long time and has enlivened Indonesia’s esports scene. ccording to him, the national team had previously bagged the bronze medal at the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam in 2021. He noted that the achievement had boosted the national team’s confidence that, with innovations to prepare the team, including the training camp, it will be able to achieve better accomplishment at this year’s edition of SEA Games. Siagian expressed optimism that by participating in the training camp, which is supported by up-to-date esports facilities and opportunities for match-ups with reputable teams, the Crossfire national team will have better competitiveness for the 32nd SEA Games. baca-jugaRelated news: Esports team targeting 4 golds at Cambodia SEA GamesRelated news: Amali, PBESI discuss preparations for Cambodia SEA Games

Source: Antara News Agency

PNP chief Azurin grateful for 3 decades of ‘noble’ service

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. will end his eight-month ‘roller coaster’ stint on Monday as he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56. He said he still has some unfinished businesses but overall, he is grateful for the opportunity to serve. “While I am excited for what the future holds, I cannot help but feel a sense of nostalgia and gratitude for the past 34 years I have dedicated to this noble profession,’ Azurin told reporters after the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) honored him with a testimonial parade at Fort Del Pilar in Baguio City on Saturday. He is a member of the PMA ‘Makatao’ class of 1989. ‘Like a roller coaster. Most of the time down, but we were able to recover,’ Azurin said of his stint as top cop. He attributed the PNP’s milestone achievements, particularly in the continuing battle against illegal drugs, to the combined efforts of the police force. ‘We value the preservation of life. And we do not need to threaten criminals because the guidance of our President is very clear, to make this country a safe place whether they are inside or outside of their home,’ he said. He will step down amid the investigation into the alleged involvement of some police officials, including generals, in the 990 kilos of shabu seized from the Drug Enforcement Group’s Master Sgt. Rodolfo Mayor Jr. during a buy bust in Manila in October last year. He maintained that there was no massive cover-up as alleged by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benhur Abalos. He said they were able to unmask the syndicates in the PNP. ‘So all I wish now for the PNP is to decide if it wants to continue our fight against illegal drugs,’ he said. As chief, he said he took care of the welfare of the PNP members whom he considered as the most valuable. ‘When we were still cadets, we were always told that if you take care of your people, then definitely they will take care of you. That’s the legacy that I would leave behind,’ he said. Azurin thanked the PMA administration under Lt. Gen. Rowen Tolentino for recognizing his service to the country. He urged the cadets to continue to uphold the PMA values of courage, integrity, and loyalty. “Get motivated by challenges and be inspired of everyone’s achievements. You are the future of our nation, and I have no doubt that someday you will make us all proud,’ he said. By Monday, he said he will start to recover lost time with his family. ‘May mga unfinished business pa tayo rito (We still have unfinished businesses here) and we expect there are certain things na haharapin din natin (that I will face),’ Azurin said. He was appointed by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. as the PNP’s 28th chief in August last year. His successor has yet to be named.

Source: Philippines News Agency

Sara urges Bukidnon youth to study more, be productive

Vice President Sara Duterte urged the participants and the youth to get involved in more productive activities being organized by the local government units (LGUs) as she joined the celebration of the ‘Kaamulan Festival’ on Saturday. Duterte also told parents to make sure their children will finish their studies and will stay away from illegal activities. “Let’s bring (our children) to the good side, in going to school, in sports, and things like this — participating in activities (like Kaamulan events organized) by our local government units and our communities,” she told the audience. Duterte also took the opportunity to thank the people of Bukidnon for supporting her and President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. during the 2022 elections. The street dance and float parade, participated in by the province’s seven tribes, are back after a three-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “Finally, we were able to get together after the pandemic, and the seven tribes were kind enough to gather with them,” Gov. Rogelio Neil Roque said in his message. Valencia City was declared champion in the float parade while Malaybalay City won the street dancing competition. Kalilangan took home the championship for the ground presentation. Due to budget cuts, only the three LGUs joined the contests. The Bukidnon Provincial Police Office deployed personnel to monitor and maintain peace and order, while some spectators complained of “strict measures” imposed all throughout the month-long festival. The Kaamulan (from the Binukid word ‘amul’ which means to gather) celebrates the customs and traditions of the seven tribal groups that originally inhabited the province — Bukidnon, Higaonon, Talaandig, Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon and Umayamnon.

Source: Philippines News Agency