Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited workers at a sound device factory of the Foster Electric Bac Ninh Co. Ltd in Tu Son town, the northern province of Bac Ninh, on May 31.
Deputy General Director of the Foster Electric Nguyen Quang Hoang said the group, established in Japan in 1949, is running four factories in Vietnam, and the plant in Bac Ninh is employing 3,600 workers.
This year, the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact has led to a drop in the number of orders, causing difficulties for the firm’s production and business activities. Facing this, the company has been taking measures to recover production and resigned itself to profit cut to ensure employees’ livelihoods.
At the dialogue with the Government leader, workers appreciated the Party and State’s efforts against COVID-19, as well as the aid package for people affected by the pandemic, including labourers. They said they will continue complying with preventive measures for the disease and share difficulties facing their business and the country.
They also expressed their hope that the Government will keep a good control of the pandemic, assist businesses and export activities to guarantee labourers’ jobs and income, and support the building of housing, day-care centres and supermarkets to meet their daily needs.
In response, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said housing for workers is an issue that needs more attention, asking the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour and Bac Ninh authorities to reserve more resources and create favourable mechanisms for the housing construction.
He also asked enterprises and localities nationwide to pay more heed to occupational safety and health, including COVID-19 prevention and control.
He affirmed the Party and State always create the best possible environment for all domestic and foreign investors to operate successfully in Vietnam. Therefore, both enterprises and state agencies are responsible for developing a healthy business climate.
On the occasion of the Workers’ Month in May, the Prime Minister also presented gifts to 100 labourers with outstanding performance and those with disadvantages of the company.
Following that, he visited and presented gifts to families living in workers’ rented housing area in Roi Soc hamlet of Phu Chan commune, Tu Son town.
At a working session with key local officials later on May 31, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc described province’s achievements, including leading positions nationwide in many aspects, as miracles for a small locality like Bac Ninh.
He also highly valued the dynamism, creativity, persistence and resolve of the local Party organisation, administration, people and business community.
Highlighting the improvement of people’s income as the ultimate goal of economic development, the PM noted that as Bac Ninh is an industrial province with a small area, a big population and a large number of migrant workers from other localities and countries, it also needs to pay attention to ensuring social security, order and stability.
Besides, the province has to diversify economic sectors, he said, adding that the development process must always centre on people so that no one is left behind.
It needs to work towards inclusive and harmonious growth evenly based on the three pillars of economy, society and environment, according to the Cabinet leader.
At the meeting, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said as Samsung is a major foreign investor with considerable contributions to local socio-economic development, Bac Ninh should put this firm at the centre of its electronics industry and connect this sector’s development with neighbouring provinces as well as the Hanoi Capital Region.