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Industrial park to serve new purpose

Update: February, 11/2014 - 09:19
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HCM CITY (VNS)— The Dong Nai Industrial Park No.1, the country's first industrial park, will be turned into an urban trade and services area.

Located in southern Dong Nai Province, the 324-ha industrial park has caused serious pollution to the area, including the Dong Nai River.

Responding to a petition of the Dong Nai People's Committee, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung approved the proposal to change the purpose of the industrial park.

Dung assigned the Dong Nai People's Committee to work with ministries and industry to implement the plan.

Last Saturday, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai presided over a meeting with officials of ministries and sectors to discuss issues related to the project. The plan includes relocation of companies, zoning and construction areas in the 24 industrial park, and investments.

The total capital for building infrastructure in the industrial park to 2022 is estimated to be more than VND10 trillion (US$476 million).

The Ministry of Planning and Investment will collect opinions from ministries and sectors to ensure feasible solutions and implementation of the project.

Set up in 1963, the industrial park has 104 companies with over 26,000 employees.

The industrial park's infrastructure has not been maintained properly and has deteriorated. Most factories in the industrial park have outdated technologies and limited investment capital.

The Dong Nai River provides water for production and daily use of over 20 million people in the river basin, including nearly 10 million people in HCM City. — VNS

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