The current growth model of Vietnam is grounded in the state-owned sector and in an emphasis on quantity rather than quality to drive economic progress based on low-cost labor and the assembly of products for export. Economic growth has been slowing since the global financial crisis of 2008–2009, and macroeconomic vulnerabilities are evident. The old model has run its course.
In this context, a book entitled "Light Manufacturing in Vietnam" has been published by the World Bank. The book has been prepared by a team led by Mr. Hinh T. Dinh. Economists and researchers from Economica Vietnam also contributed significantly in the preparation of the book.
"Light Manufacturing in Vietnam" argues that to return the economy to a path of rapid economic growth and to create quality jobs will require a structural transformation that can lift workers from low-productivity agriculture and the mere assembly of imported inputs to higher-productivity activities.
Based on a wide array of quantitative and qualitative techniques, "Light Manufacturing in Vietnam" identifies key constraints on manufacturing growth in Vietnam and evaluates differences in firm performance between China and Vietnam.
The book relies on detailed value chain analyses that were carried out in five industries at the core of the Vietnamese light manufacturing sector: agribusiness, leather, wood processing and wood products, metal products, and apparel. Based on these analyses, "Light Manufacturing in Vietnam" proposes concrete policy measures to help policy makers identify, prioritize, and resolve the most serious constraints in these specific light manufacturing industries.
Please click here to download the book. It can also be downloadable from the WorldBank’s Open Knowledge Repository and the Resource Centre of Economica Vietnam website.
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