Vietnam’s defense ministry cuts back on business activities

Created 11 October 2018
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The Vietnamese military has successfully privatized 32 enterprises and divested all state capital from 10 joint stock companies.
Vietnam’s defense ministry cuts back on business activities

Major General Nguyen Van Duc, director of the Ministry of Defense's department of propaganda and training, said Tuesday that the ministry has successfully completed the equitization of 32 enterprises out of the 38 ones it had scheduled to equitize during 2013-2015. 

It will continue to equitize 29 that are focused on trade, construction and service sectors by 2020, he said.

The ministry has withdrawn capital from 10 joint stock companies and is continuing to implement the same process on another 11.

“By 2020, the number of military-run businesses will be reduced from 88 to 17,” Duc added.

Meanwhile, the military has developed new Coast Guard and cyber command units without having to increase the number of troops.

He stressed that the aim of the structural reorganisation of the military is to meet the requirements of building a refined, compact and potent organization, improving its combat readiness with appropriate steps.

Under the restructuring plan for military-run businesses until 2020, the Ministry of Defense will continue to run 17 wholly state-owned enterprises, of which 12 are currently undertaking military and defense tasks.

Discussions about military-run businesses are not often mentioned in Vietnam, but Deputy Defense Minister Le Chiem said at a meeting with Ho Chi Minh City leaders in June last year: “The military won’t do business anymore.”

The military will focus on defense purposes only, he said.

Some experts think that Vietnam is possibly following in the steps of its giant neighbor China, which imposed a national ban in 1998, prohibiting the armed forces and armed police from running businesses.

They were still allowed to use surplus resources to provide paid services to the public in certain fields, but the Chinese government issued an order to end that practice in May 2017.


Source: VNE

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