HANOI : Vietnam’s apparel exports are anticipated to bounce 7.4per cent this year to $43.5 billion as factories sustain manufacturing regardless of surging coronavirus infections, the nation’s textile and garment affiliation informed Reuters.
Among the world’s largest producers for manufacturers like Nike, Zara, and H&M, Vietnam has just lately lifted most of its COVID-19 curbs, which final year disrupted manufacturing and hobbled world provide chains.
“The pandemic will have a milder impact on Vietnam’s garment and textile industry this year thanks to a high vaccination rate,” Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association vice chairman, Truong Van Cam, mentioned in an interview this week.
Daily coronavirus infections within the Southeast Asian nation reached a file excessive of 31,800 on Tuesday however companies and consultants mentioned the chance of repeating final year’s lockdowns is decrease now that hundreds of thousands of manufacturing unit staff have been vaccinated and with the Omicron variant showing to be much less extreme.
Cam mentioned pandemic-related shutdowns had affected up to 1.2 million garment staff final year, or 65per cent of the business’s workforce. Nearly all of them have now returned to work, he added.
“Thanks to the country’s flexible policies to tackle the pandemic while restoring business activities, especially from the fourth quarter of 2021, the garment and textile industry has managed to significantly limit supply chain disruptions,” he mentioned.
Vietnam has recorded 2.57 million COVID-19 circumstances and round 39,000 deaths. More than 76per cent of its inhabitants of 98 million has acquired no less than two vaccine doses, in accordance to official knowledge.
The tourism ministry has proposed absolutely reopening the nation to international vacationers from March 15, three months sooner than deliberate.
(Reporting by Khanh Vu; Editing by Kanupriya Kapoor)