THE PRIME MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom – Happiness
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No. 19/2004/CT-TTg
Hanoi, June 01, 2004
 
DIRECTIVE
REGARDING A NUMBER OF SOLUTIONS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF WOOD-PROCESSING INDUSTRY AND WOOD PRODUCT EXPORT
Over the recent years, despite numerous difficulties but thanks to the implementation of a number of policies to encourage wood product manufacture and export, the direction and administration of various branches and localities as well as the efforts of enterprises in production and the search for export markets, our country's wood-processing industry and wood product export have seen new steps of development, having become a branch earning considerable export turnover (over USD 560 million in 2003) with high growth rates (around 30% in 2003) and having contributed to creation of jobs and incomes for laborers and the consumption of forestry products.
However, the wood product- processing and manufacturing industry of our country still sees many limitations: the domestic supply of raw materials remains unstable; the production and processing scale remains small and scattered; machinery, equipment and technology are obsolete; workers' professional skills are still low; products, models and patterns are not yet diversified; the marketing, trade promotion, management, responsibility division and cooperation in this domain remain weak; many traditional craft villages specialized in wood product manufacture and export are slowly restored and developed.