HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Industry and Trade has directed Vietnamese commercial affair offices abroad to connect with businesses to search for raw materials for face masks production in Việt Nam.
Deputy Minister Đặng Hoàng An made the statement at a meeting with the national steering committee for the novel coronavirus prevention and control on Tuesday afternoon.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade had worked with the Ministry of Health to implement solutions to respond to the deadly outbreak, An said.
“Prices for raw materials to produce face masks are increasing, but we still have to buy them to fight against the epidemic,” he said.
The deputy minister also instructed textile and garment enterprises to focus on manufacturing masks from antibacterial fabrics, which are washable and reusable but still meet requirements of epidemic prevention.
“In emergency cases, if required, these companies should stop exporting garment products to focus on producing antibacterial masks,” he noted.
“Production capacity may reach 30 million products per day in this case,” he added.
The deputy minister also said the Ministry of Industry and Trade had implemented many solutions to prevent the hoarding of goods, increasing prices and smuggling of masks.
Statistics from Lạng Sơn Department of Customs showed its border gate customs office cleared procedures for exporting 3.9 million Vietnamese medical face masks, worth US$92,137 to China from January 1 to February 3 this year.