Although the domestic and international economy has faced many difficulties, enterprises in industrials zones of northern Bac Giang province experienced a good growth rate last year. Viet Nam News talked with the deputy head of a local industrial zone's management board, Pham Huy Dap to see how operations were going, as well as their 2012 plan.
|Pham Huy Dap
Would you talk about enterprises in Bac Giang's industrial zones in 2011?
About 85 enterprises are operating in three out of our five industrial zones.
Last year, turnover from these enterprises reached more than VND12 trillion (US$690 million), doubling the figures of 2010.
Export turnover from our industrial zones tripled 2010's figure, earning $450 million.
Last year, demand for employees in our industrial zones suddenly surged. Between 24,000 and 25,000 labourers were employed, an increase of 8,000 against the previous month.
The economic situation last year was tough on many businesses. What are the reasons why enterprises in Bac Giang's industrial zones had such good results?
In previous years, when facing a world recession, the management board of our industrial zones advised enterprises to buy raw materials at low prices and target new markets for potential.
Our management board also encouraged new investors to replace the weaker ones to keep labourers through the tough time.
Thanks to that, they could recover quickly after the world economy started to improve so that they were able to meet the orders from their partners.
What about the weak and slow projects?
Last year, we withdrew investment certificates from seven weak and slow projects.
Investors of these projects could not recover in the tough economic conditions and because they lacked a solid direction, they could not operate. These projects have been replaced by other ones.
This year, we will encourage weak companies to sell their projects to other investors with stronger financial capacity.
The ones who don't want to sell their projects will be advised to rent out their plants and workshop spaces. With this method, I think, companies still benefit from their investments. Also, they effectively use land.
This year is forecast to be continuously tough for businesses. What is the plan to attract investments to your economic zones?
Bac Giang plans to invest in 18 projects with a total capital of about VND3 trillion ($143 million) this year.
In 2012, we will give priority to projects using modern and high technologies, those in the support industry, and the ones that contribute to the provincial budget.
The management board has guided our infrastructure companies to soon upgrade.
This year we will also build kindergartens, housing, and community centres to create a stable life for investors, experts and labourers in the long run.
We will co-operate with local authorities in land clearance and in constructing other works, such as a water treatment system.
Investment licences of violated projects will be withdrawn to give land to other projects.
Moreover, we will give enterprise legal support in terms of labour, investment and environment.
What are the advantages that enterprises will receive when investing in your province?
Policies we give investors are common with national policies.
But when investing in our province, investors will enjoy advantages in transportation as we are near the high way.
Since we have a population bigger than neighbouring provinces, it is very easy for companies to find labourers.
Bac Giang is still a poor province and in need of a great deal of investment. The province will thus create conditions to serve investors.
In coming to Bac Giang, we promise that investors can enjoy very quick and clear administrative procedures. We will support operations as much as possible. — VNS