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Italy-Vietnam Textile Technology Center opened in HCMC
By Duc Tam
Friday,  Dec 1, 2017,12:09 (GMT+7)

Italy-Vietnam Textile Technology Center opened in HCMC

By Duc Tam

HCMC – The Italy-Vietnam Textile Technology Center was inaugurated on November 30 at the HCMC University of Technology in District 10, HCMC to train high-skilled workers and cater to local textile and garment enterprises.

Delegates cut the ribbon to inaugurate the Italy-Vietnam Textile Technology Center in HCMC

With 330,000 euros (about US$392,000) funded by the Italian Government, the facility is a joint effort between the Italian Trade Commission (ITC) and the HCMC University of Technology. The Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT) and the International Polytechnic for the Industrial and Economic Development (PISIE) has provided technical assistance for it.

The center, equipped with 15 modern machines from Italy, will contribute to developing Vietnam’s textile and garment sector and transferring new technology to Vietnamese enterprises.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Nguyen Phuong Dong, deputy director of the HCMC Department of Industry and Trade, described the new center as important to the textile and garment sector of HCMC and Vietnam as a whole. Despite strong growth, the industry is facing numerous difficulties, especially a shortage of high-skilled workers in the design, textile and dyeing stages.

Italian Deputy Minister for Economic Development Ivan Scalfarotto said the center demonstrates Italy’s commitment to support Vietnam, and will help elevate bilateral ties between the two countries.

On July 12, the Vietnam-Italy footwear technology center was jointly launched in Binh Duong Province by the Italian National Association of Manufacturers of Footwear, Leather Goods and Tanning Technologies (ASSOMAC), the Vietnam Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association (LEFASO), the HCMC Industry and Trade College (HITC), ITC and PISIE.

Italy is now Vietnam’s 18th biggest export market and 15th biggest import market. According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, two-way trade between the nations totaled over US$2.88 billion in the first seven months of 2017, a year-on-year increase of 5.9%. Last year Italy was Vietnam’s third largest EU trading partner with two-way trade amounting to US$4.6 billion.

Over the past years, ITC has organized many trade promotion programs for enterprises of the two countries to build business links, and has provided technological and technical support for Vietnamese textile-garment and leather-footwear firms. For example, 29 Italian companies have participated in an international exhibition on leather and footwear in Vietnam this year.

Given the effort to promote trade over the past years, the cooperation between Vietnam and Italy will fare well in the coming time.

The idea to set up the center came up in 2015 as a result of initiatives of the Italian Government after the issuance of an ordinance to launch a campaign to promote “Made in Italy” brands.

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