A conference on promoting linkages to develop logistics services in Hai Phong was held in the city on April 23, aiming to seek solutions to improve the competitiveness of the logistics sector.
The event was jointly held by the Vietnam Business Forum Magazine under the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), the People’s Committee of Hai Phong city and the Vietnam Logistics Business Association.
Vice Chairman of the Hai Phong City People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Tho affirmed that with the advantage of being the main gateway to the sea of the whole Northern region, Hai Phong boasts a strategic location, playing a particularly important role in the development of the Northern Economic Zone.
In particular, Hai Phong plays a key role in the “Two corridors, one economic belt” cooperation initiative between Vietnam and China and also has strategic relationship with major economies in East and Southeast Asia.
The logistics infrastructure in the city has been gradually completed with strong investment in seaport and traffic infrastructure.
However, logistics enterprises in Hai Phong are facing many difficulties including a lack of human resources, asynchronous planning of seaports and logistics facilities, a lack of linkages between hundreds of logistics enterprises, fragmented development of logistics enterprises, and others.
VCCI Chairman Vu Tien Loc said that despite its advantages in position and its huge potential, Hai Phong has yet to bring into full play its existing advantages and is yet to become a leading locality in logistics development.
Loc noted that Vietnam is becoming a leading destination for diversifying investment. There will be many production and business establishments moving from China to Vietnam which will present a great opportunity for the country. With the geopolitical position of Vietnam in general and Hai Phong in particular, it is completely possible the city will become a logistics centre and an international and regional transit hub.
Therefore, promoting linkages between enterprises and improving the competitiveness of local logistic enterprises is indispensable, Loc added.