|Bình Phước Province has attracted eight foreign direct investment (FDI) projects with combined registered capital of US$31.8 million in the first six months of this year. - Photo VNA |Viet Nam News
BÌNH PHƯỚC — The southern province of Bình Phước has attracted eight foreign direct investment (FDI) projects with combined registered capital of US$31.8 million in the first six months of this year.
The figure is below the province’s expectation, requiring local policy makers to revise a specific strategy to increase FDI attraction.
To improve business and investment climate, monthly dialogues are being held to help enterprises and investors operating in Bình Phước, director of the provincial Department of Planning and Investment Võ Sa said, adding that numerous measures have been taken to attract investors, particularly the construction of infrastructure facilities in industrial parks and clusters.
The construction of infrastructure facilities is underway to lure investors to large industrial parks, such as the 2,000ha Becamex-Bình Phước urban and industrial zone, even as the Đồng Xoài 3 IP, Minh Hưng-Sikico IP and the Hoa Lư border gate economic zone are ready for investors to move in.
However, geographic location, poor transport system and limited human resources are the province’s disadvantages in attracting investment, according to experts.
Trần Đình Thiên, deputy head of the Vietnam Economic Institute, suggested Bình Phước take advantage of its vast land and favourable climate conditions to develop high-valued industrial plant material areas, such as cashew nuts, pepper, rubber, fruit trees, and particularly clean vegetables, to supply for HCM City.
The provincial People’s Committee has approved a plan to develop smart and hi-tech agriculture to lure investors. Under the plan, the province has zoned off 1,000ha for hi-tech agriculture in Lộc Ninh and Hớn Quản districts and Đồng Xoài Town.
Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Nguyễn Văn Lợi urged sectors to call for investment in the smart agriculture production chain, particularly for regional connectivity to ensure a sustainable source of clean materials, such as cashew nuts and peppercorns.
Dozens of cooperatives have been established and joined the chain. The clean pepper growing model has proven effective and been multiplied across the province.
According to director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Van Loc, the province has over 134,000ha of cashew trees, accounting for nearly 50 per cent of the nation’s coverage, producing 280,000 tonnes per year.
Over 70,000 tonnes of cashew nuts are shipped abroad each year, generating $504 million or one third of the province’s export values.
The locality also has over 270 plants and over 1,600 small facilities processing cashew nuts, creating jobs for 50,000 labourers.
Currently, the province is home to 163 FDI projects, worth nearly $1.5 billion.-VNS