Resolving the 4 Challenges of the Printing Industry in 2022

Mr. Pham Anh Tuan, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Information and Communications, stated that the Printing industry is facing numerous challenges but is expected to have strong development in the near future.
On the morning of March 22nd, the Ministry of Information and Communications organized a conference to summarize the Printing industry in 2021 and set directions and tasks for 2022 in Ho Chi Minh City.
Reporting on the results of the Printing industry in 2021, Mr. Nguyen Nguyen, Director of the Publishing, Printing and Distribution Department (Ministry of Information and Communications), mentioned that 2021 continued to be a difficult year with challenges for the overall economy and specifically for the Vietnamese Printing industry, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact.
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The delegates attending the conference on March 22nd. Photo: T.V.
Especially in the last 6 months of the year, the prolonged and complex development of the pandemic significantly affected businesses. Many printing companies faced shortages of raw materials, with the supply of essential materials like paper increasing by 40-60%, and logistics and sea transportation costs rising by 50-80%.
Businesses that were simultaneously combating the pandemic and maintaining production saw increased costs. The disruption of input material supply chains and consumption product chains also occurred in many units, especially in the southern region.
However, in 2021, the Printing industry also had many bright spots, particularly in maintaining the network of printing facilities. Printing output reached nearly 90% of the plan. The number of printing establishments continued to increase, concentrated in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and provinces in the Red River Delta.
Speaking about the tasks and directions of the Printing industry in the near future, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Pham Anh Tuan stated that there are 4 issues that need significant improvement for further strong development, including institutions, market, human resources, and digital transformation.
Regarding institutions, regulations are being supplemented and amended (Decree 60, Decree 25, and Decision 18). In the coming time, the Ministry of Information and Communications will vigorously resolve obstacles and difficulties for units in the industry.
In relation to the market issue, Deputy Minister Pham Anh Tuan believes that domestic units still have limitations compared to foreign companies in the production and export sector.
“Our companies are still lagging behind and somewhat ‘sitting out’ in their own market, especially when it comes to large orders, which are mostly in the hands of FDI companies,” Mr. Tuan said.
Regarding human resources, the leadership of the Ministry of Information and Communications believes that in addition to modern machinery and facilities, the human factor needs to be emphasized. Digital transformation needs to be accelerated to catch up with larger printing markets in the region.
“We need to be more specific in each task to ensure comprehensive implementation. If we can change and address these factors, the development of the Printing industry will be even more expansive,” Deputy Minister Pham Anh Tuan emphasized.

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