Despite being affected by the Covid-19 epidemic, with the efforts and determination of businesses and the drastic direction of all levels, sectors, localities, Hanoi industry sector in the first 6 months of the year recovered positively, increased by 7.95% over the same period last year and contributed 1.03 percentage points to the overall growth (GRDP) of the whole city; the production and export of high-tech products are interested and focused.

According to the Ha Noi Statistics Office, the index of industrial production (IIP) in the first 6 months of 2021 increased by 8.7% over the same period last year (in the first 6 months of 2020 increased by 3.5%), of which the manufacturing industry increased by 8.9%; electricity production and distribution increased by 7%; water supply; sewerage, waste management increased by 7.5%; mining and quarrying increased by 4.5%. The manufacturing industry continues to be the growth engine of the whole industry with the IIP index of most industries increasing over the same period last year, in which a number of industries achieved high growth rates such as: Manufacture of beverage increased. 21.1%; manufacture of  motor vehicle increased by 18.6%; manufacture of wearing apparel increased by 16.8%; Manufacture of pharmaceuticals, medicinal chemical and botanical products increased by 16.4%; manufacture of paper and paper products increased by 16.2%; manufacture of wood and of products of wood increased by 14.4%; manufacture of tobacco products increased by 14.3%; manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products increased by 13%. Some key industrial products in the first 6 months of 2021 increased sharply compared to the same period last year: Motor vehicles used to transport goods with a maximum tonnage of 5 tons increased by 44.3%; adult clothing increased by 33.2%; books, notebooks, paper by 30.4%; equipment for engines increased by 28.5%; household refrigerators increased by 24%; mobile phones (from 3 to 6 million dongs) increased by 22.5%…

In the context of complicated and unpredictable developments of the Covid-19 epidemic, with many new cases appearing outside the community, the above increase is quite high compared to many localities of the country, demonstrating the outstanding efforts of the capital’s business community as well as timely direction and management of the City, ensuring both epidemic prevention and promoting production, socio-economic development.

IIP growth rate in the first 6 months of 2021 of some big provinces (%)

Measures to prevent and control the Covid-19 epidemic for industrial parks and industrial clusters in the area have been implemented drastically; timely implementation of support solutions of the Government; speeding up administrative procedure reform, extending tax and fee payment…; create favorable conditions for enterprises in the production and circulation of goods. As a result, Index of industrial shipment of manufacturing in the first 6 months of Ha Noi increased by 10% compared to the same period last year, in which a number of industries increased sharply such as: Manufacture of beverages increased by 46 ,5%; manufacture of electrical equipment increased by 44.5%; manufacture of wood and of products of wood increased by 27.3%; Manufacture of transport equipment increased by 26.7%; manufacture of machinery and equipment increased by 23.3%… Index of industrial inventory of manufacturing as of June 30, 2021 decreased by 32.8% over the same period last year, of which a number of manufacturing industries saw a decrease: Manufacture of paper and paper products decreased by 76.7%; manufacture of motor vehicles; trailers and semi-trailers decreased by 50.7%; manufacture of machinery and equipment decreased by 40.5%; manufacture of chemicals and chemical products decreased by 38.9%. Index of industrial shipment increased and index of industrial inventory decreased, showing that the consumption of output products has many positive signs, enterprises are still trying to maintain production at a relatively stable level.

With great efforts, initiative, creativity and adaptability, Ha Noi enterprises have also actively changed their production and business strategies, choosing optimal solutions to overcome the difficult period.  The good news is that 72.9% of enterprises in the manufacturing industry believe that the production and business situation in the third quarter of 2021 will remain stable and better than the second quarter of 2021 if the Covid-19 epidemic is under control in the next months (corresponding rate in the second quarter of 2021 is 58.3%). The optimism about the prospect of recovering production and business activities of enterprises is concentrated in a number of manufacturing industry such as: Manufacture of food products; manufacture of wearing apparel; printing and reproduction of recorded media; manufacture of wood and of products of wood; manufacture of pharmaceuticals, medicinal chemical and botanical products…

Despite the positive results, many businesses said that with the complicated situation of the Covid-19 epidemic, difficulties and challenges still exist in front of them. In order to well implement the set goals, it is required that the City continue to implement drastic solutions to control the Covid-19 epidemic in the area; improving the investment and business environment, removing difficulties for enterprises; accelerate the completion of infrastructure of hi-tech parks and strengthen investment promotion, develop new industries with advantages, products using modern and advanced techniques; continue administrative reform, simplify procedures, processes and clearance permits for import and export goods. Besides, businesses in the Capital also need to focus on promoting cross-border e-commerce to access new markets; technological innovation, production process improvement to suit new conditions; actively digital transformation in enterprises; improve labor productivity, step by step create branded and competitive products in regional and world markets.