VIETNAM: Vietnam Rubber Group to reduce output
The Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) plans to reduce its output due to a sharp decrease in the price of rubber in the market after it is completely transferred to the Committee for State Capital Management (CMSC).
A report from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development showed that Vietnam exported 1.06 million tons of rubber in the first nine months of this year, worth USD 1.45 billion, increasing 10.9 per cent in volume but decreasing 10 per cent in value in comparison with the same period last year. According to VRG Chairman Võ Sỹ Lực, supply was exceeding demand, causing prices to fall.
The price of rubber this year was about 20 per cent lower than that in 2017, but the group was still aiming to fulfill its target on revenue, profit and dividends, said Lực. VRG officially moved to operate as a joint stock company in June this year. VRG is one of 19 State-owned enterprises from ministries and Government agencies that will be transferred to the CMSC. The 19 SOEs have a total VND 2.3 quadrillion (USD 102.2 billion) worth of assets, including VND 1 quadrillion worth of State capital.
Source: Daily “The Vietnam News”, Hanoi; 27 Nov 2018
(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)