Many Initiatives to Support Vietnam's SMEs

11:19:01 PM | 2/27/2014

Recently, in the framework of the Technical Cooperation Agreement between the Government of Vietnam and the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with the Agency for Enterprise Development of the Ministry of Investment and Planning held the workshop "Japanese Senior Volunteers (SVs) to Support the Development of the SMEs in Vietnam 2010- 2013". The workshop is an opportunity for agencies of Vietnam and JICA to review the good results and lessons learned for the next time, which contributes to the development of the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Vietnam.
 
Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dang Huy Dong emphasized that the SMEs' development is a long-term strategy which is consistent and throughout the action plan of the Government and known as a key task of the development policies to implement the economic objectives of the country. Accounting for about 97 percent of the businesses in the economy, the SMEs play very important roles in creating jobs and income for workers and contribute to the State budget and mobilise the social resources.
 
After three years of implementation, with the strong assistance of the Japanese senior volunteers in the Northern areas, the programme has resulted in many initiatives for the business, namely technical innovation and the improvement of the 5S model (the method describes how to organize a work space for efficiency and effectiveness by identifying and storing the items used, maintaining the area and items, and sustaining the new order). These initiatives have helped Vietnamese enterprises to significantly cut costs on production as well as improve productivity and product quality. This is the major driving force to create the basis for the supporting activities of the SMEs in Vietnam in the supporting industry in the upcoming period.
 
Also under the programme, JICA in collaboration with the Agency for Enterprise Development of the Ministry of Investment and Planning have held the workshop "Japanese Senior Volunteers (SVs) to Support the Development of the SMEs in Vietnam 2010- 2013". Accordingly, since June 2010, JICA has dispatched senior Japanese volunteers as experts with rich expertise and experiences that have been accumulated over many working years in companies as well as factories of Japanese businesses, to advise and give direct supports for SMEs in Vietnam in the supporting industries.
 
Shimizu Akira, Deputy Chief Representative of the JICA, said most of the volunteers participating in the programme are experienced in many different industries such as mechanical engineering, metallurgy, electricity, gas, and metal processing. Besides, they also have the technical expertise to manage quality and improve productivity. In three recent years, JICA has sent 35 technical experts to help Vietnam in the field of 3S, 5S, quality management and production management. In Hanoi, JICA has sent 19 senior volunteers to SME Support Centre to participate in programmes supporting enterprises in the North. The results from the supporting programmes have been beyond the original goals in terms of the number of enterprises and the number of improvements made at the firms. Some companies initially have connected with the foreign companies, including Japanese companies.
 
According to Yutaka Aoyagi, a Japanese volunteer, by the end of December 2013, there were 199 businesses and 857 corporate initiatives receiving support from this programme.
 
Anh Phuong