CSR Calendar Forum - Special Edition on AEC in November 26th 2015
Only about 35% of Vietnamese enterprises know and are aware of AEC, the lowest score among ASEAN nations, in accordance with a recent study. Does AEC really have less impact on Viet Nam? Will such mindset of Vietnamese enterprises fit to the new situation after 31st December 2015 – official opening of ASEAN single market? Will Vietnamese enterprises be able to reach the ocean without crossing regional river?
Concerns and questions were shared and discussed during CSR Calendar Forum - Special Edition on AEC in Ho Chi Minh city on 26th November 2015. The event welcomed around 100 people including special guests of TUV Rheiland Viet Nam Ltd., and Standards Department of STAMEQ.
The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is the new context in which Vietnam plays a major role. In accordance with General Director of TUV Rheiland Viet Nam Ltd. - Mr. Frank Juttner, technical standards ensure the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the AEC by helping them to be more efficient and improve customer satisfaction. However, the implementation of technical standards will fail if SMEs do not see the essence of success: the commitment of the staff. 4 key points are highlighted in engaging employees to make technical standards work. The most important is leadership, not only of top management, but of each single employee. If leadership is not demonstrated, technical standards are just cosmetics, but do not truly make SMEs more successful and competitive in the new context.
Mr. Nguyen Van Khoi - Deputy Director of Standards Department (STAMEQ) shared that joining AEC, tax tariffs should be removed gradually, however other tariffs will show up, precisely technical ones, or technical standards. These not only belong to Viet Nam, but also come from individual members of ASEAN, and even whole ASEAN. Integration, therefore, might bring in opportunities, and challenges at the same time. Standard harmonization would be one of the solutions for Viet Nam. Currently, the country reaches high level standard harmonization in some sectors such as electric-electronic equipment, medical equipment, and automobile and spare parts, which mostly under control of FDI enterprises, whilst Vietnamese businesses mainly expose their lower harmonization level.
The Forum, as usual, gave participants time and chance to speak out their ideas via an interactive activity "The Blackbox of technical and ethical expectations". The exercise led attendees to deep thinking and discussion about 4 topics of Social - Environmental - Technical - Ethical issues.