Secoin overcame COVID-19 to be a Vietnam Value Award

10:15 | 24/12/2020
Successfully overcoming the difficulties of COVID-19 is the main reason behind Secoin – a local building material producer – receiving the Vietnam Value Award for the third consecutive time.
secoin overcame covid 19 to be a vietnam value award
Secoin has been awarded three times at the Vietnam Value Programme

At the Vietnam Value Programme 2020, Secoin was once again awarded the prize by the Ministry of Industry and Trade. As difficulties caused by COVID-19 keeps lasting, the prize is a motivation for the company to continue its growth. To date, Secoin has 400 points of sales and showrooms across 60 countries.

Secoin has also experienced significant obstacles from the health crisis. According to Dinh Hong Ky, chairman of Secoin, 2020 is a particularly difficult year. The company's export revenuehas dropped significantly since the beginning of the year and difficulties were exacerbated by the fierce competition in the global market.

To adapt to the situation, Secoin has mapped out timely strategies, specifically accelerating investment in R&D activities, shifting the focus to improving the quality of the products instead of growing the sales channel. Moreover, the company has also paid attention to the domestic market and its prolonged export markets.

Consequently, as of the end of 2020, Secoin has maintained stable growth even as many companies were shut down. Moreover, its strategic partnership with Vingroup, Novaland, Nam Long, and others also increased the popularity of Secoin products across the country.

During the pandemic, Vietnam has emerged into the world spotlight for controlling the pandemic and maintaining economic development. This is a good time for Secoin to look for new strategies for the next years, with a sight set especially on overseas markets. Additionally, the company’s development direction is to focus on producing materials fulfilling green and sustainable standards and requirements for developing smart cities.

“We always bear in mind that our success is founded deeply in value chains, including material providers, manufacturers, and distributors," said Ky.

secoin overcame covid 19 to be a vietnam value award
Secoin overcame COVID-19 to be a Vietnam Value Award (source:facebook.com/GachbongSecoin)

2020, the first time the Vietnam Value Programme has been implemented according to Decision No.30/2019/QD-TTg dated October 8, 2019 on promulgating regulations on building, managing, and implementing the Vietnam National Brand Programme.

Mr. Vu Ba Phu, General Director of Trade Promotion Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade, said that after 17 years of implementing the program of voting national brands of seven brands, we have witnessed the continuous growth of many domestic enterprises.

By 2018, this had grown to 97, and this year we have registered 124 businesses and their brands.

However, the growth of the business community is not only in the number of enterprises participating, but also in exports, sales, contributions to the state budget, as well as their efforts in social responsibility. and job creation.

At the first selection in 2008, we saw only 30 selected companies with their products. By 2018, this had grown to 97, and this year we have registered 124 businesses and their brands.

However, the growth of the business community is not only in the number of enterprises participating, but also in exports, sales, contributions to the state budget, as well as their efforts in social responsibility. and job creation.

For example, the national brand recognized enterprise in 2018 achieved revenue of about 907 trillion VND (39.4 billion USD), export turnover reached 130 trillion VND (5.6 billion USD), contributing 85 trillion VND (3.7 billion USD) to the state budget and created 340,000 jobs.

Meanwhile, this year, those figures have increased to 975 trillion dong (42.4 billion USD) and 123 trillion dong (5.34 billion USD) by 2020, with the amount contributed to the bank. State books amounted to 179 trillion VND (8.5 billion USD) and 350,000 new jobs were created - all despite the pandemic.

Vu Ba Phu also said that, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has supported businesses in difficulty. After the first months of the health crisis, the domestic market was redefined.

Right from the beginning of the year, following the direction of the Government, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has worked with ministries, branches and localities to implement supply-demand activities across the country to remove difficulties for businesses in production. and distribution.

In addition, to support businesses with high quality brands, we have also been integrating selected brands into national promotions such as the Clean Food Program to vote Vietnamese products for local people.

The integration of such programs has helped grow the domestic market since the beginning of the year, despite the economic consequences of the pandemic. This shows that the communication, promotion and support efforts of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and its agencies so far have been effective.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade also published Circular No.33/2019/TT-BCT regulating the criteria system which, among others, states that the intellectual property of companies participating in the programme must be protected and that all registering enterprises must be the owner thereof.

Dr. Le Ngoc Lam, former deputy director general of the National Office of Intellectual Property under the Ministry of Science and Technology, said, this year, most of the registered enterprises had been aware of the importance of intellectual property rights (IPRs).

The programme requires businesses and their products to meet certain criteria concerning quality, innovation, and creativity. However, the appraisal process of participating enterprises shows that many of them have confused the programme with pure awards for their brands.

As companies register for the programme, they must make certain investments to achieve the requirements, which are meant to prove consistency with their development.

Saying so does not mean that enterprises can rely on their brands and that the quality of their products is guaranteed forever, which is the reason why the programme is run every two years, with some of its processes and criteria changing and adapting to recent developments.

Lam said, enterprises need to be aware of this, as branding and maintaining one’s brand names is a challenge.

By Hai Anh

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