|Vietnam Esquel Garment Manufacturing Company has recovered its production lines after one week of the riot in southern Binh Duong Province. — Photo Dinh Dan
HA NOI (VNS) — Around 90 per cent of businesses affected by recent riots in HCM City and southern provinces Binh Duong and Dong Nai have resumed operations.
The riots erupted last month during protests against China's illegal placement of an oil rig in Viet Nam's waters. During the disruption, protesters destroyed property belonging to the State, businesses and individuals, including foreign firms, and clashed with law enforcement, disrupting social order and business activities.
Head of the association of Taiwanese businesses in Dong Nai province Chiang Chih Ming said the recent unrest had affected 131 Taiwanese businesses in the province, with 80 per cent slightly affected and 10 per cent seriously affected.
However, prompt assistance and support from local authorities had helped businesses recover and resume normal production, he said, noting that customs agencies had paid visits to affected businesses to complete procedures for tax-related support.
All 44 affected businesses in Binh Duong have also resumed normal production.
More than 2,100 out of 2,650 foreign experts have returned to their work in industrial zones in Binh Duong, according to Tran Van Lieu, head of the provincial management board of industrial zones (IZs) at a press briefing on the province's socio-economic development situation on Wednesday.
Lieu also said the board has granted work permits free-of-charge to foreign experts. Chairman of the business association of the HCM City Export Processing Zones and Industrial Parks Authority (Hepza) Nguyen Van Be said all foreign-directed businesses in the city had also resumed production.
Soon after interrupted operations caused by the riot, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung laid out a comprehensive plan to support affected businesses, including the provision of sufficient compensation, the reduction of import and export duty rates and the extension of the tax deadline. This was in addition to tax and budget payments arising before May 2014, the longest extension in two years.
Deputy Head of the Customs Department of Dong Nai Province Huynh Thanh Binh said customs officials would continue to work with the affected businesses to guide them through tax-related procedures, particularly those who had their seals, software and relevant documents destroyed.
Customs officials were also assigned to work over the weekend to facilitate import and export activities, he said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh has asked the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to continue guiding localities to assist workers who were forced to stop working during the recent unrest.
Workers will receive wages for days off between May 12 and July 1.
The payment will be equivalent to the wages agreed between enterprises and labourers and will not be below the minimum level prescribed by the Government. The expense used to pay workers will be deducted from corporate income tax obligations.
Binh Duong rioters
|State President Truong Tan Sang visits workers of Vietnam Esquel Garment Manufacturing Company at Vietnam – Singapore Industrial Park on May 17.
The People's Court of Di An commune in the southern province of Binh Duong yesterday jailed three people for taking advantage of the recent protests against China's oil rig to riot in industrial parks.
Nguyen Van Tich, 37, Nguyen Phuoc Sang, 23, and Nguyen Van Diep, 23, all from Binh Duong, were sentenced to five months, four months and seven months in jail respectively on charges of "stealing property".
According to the jury, on the night of May 13, Tich and Sang exploited the chaotic situation to steal 19 bicycle spare parts worth 2.6 million VND(US$123).
At the same time, Diep stole two new bicycles valued at VND4.5 million VND($214).
The same day, the court sentenced Hoang Van Xuyen, 31, from the central province of Thanh Hoa, to 20 months imprisonment for resisting on-duty officials.
His verdict said that while workers took to the street in an orderly fashion on May 13 to protest against China's illegal placement of an oil rig in Viet Nam's waters, Xuyen, who was accompanied by four other men, mixed with the crowd so that they could steal property.
Xuyen and his accomplices stole two air conditioners and some steel bars from O Media company in the Viet Nam-Singapore Industrial Park in Thuan An district. They hid the goods in their houses.
Xuyen and his accomplices will be judged at another trial for "stealing property". — VNS