VGP - The leather and footwear industry pocked an export revenue of about US$2 billion in the first quarter this year, making year-on-year increase of 21.7%, according to of the Việt Nam Leather and Footwear Association (LEFASO).
The news was announced at a seminar jointly held by the association and the Việt Nam Leather and Shoe Research Institute in the capital on March 21.
The event targeted to launch a campaign to encourage Vietnamese creative designers to take part in the 4th International Footwear Design Competition 2012 in the Asia region.
The competition will take place in Guang Zhou , China from May 30 to June 1 and will be organized by the Asia Footwear Association and regional industrial associations.
"The industry has been promoting enterprises and designers, especially the youth, to create unique designs in an effort for shoe makers to implement direct orders rather than sub-contracts.
Most local producers utilize sub-contracts or outsource deals to international partners in Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea among others, with great dependence on imported raw materials and accessories, designs and equipment./.