|A view of the Seoul City. Da Nang city plans to open its representative office in South Korea to promote investment, trade and tourism between the city and its Korean partners this year. — Photo dailyasiana.com
DA NANG (VNS) — The central city plans to open its representative office in South Korea to promote investment, trade and tourism between the city and its Korean partners this year.
Director of the city's foreign affairs department Luong Minh Sam yesterday said the establishment of the representative office abroad would lure more investors and tourists to Da Nang via promotion programmes.
"The opening of the city's liaison office abroad will create a link between domestic enterprises and foreign investors, as well as the city's priority policies for investors," Sam said.
"The city had set up a representative office in Tokyo, Japan, to build links among Japanese and Vietnamese enterprises and smoothen the way for investors," he said.
Sam said the city was in discussions with Korean partners on selecting Seoul, Busan or Incheon as the location of the representative office.
The city has long tried to attract foreign investment, by offering low land rents of about $30 to $33 per sqm per year to businesses, and quick processing of business licences.
Da Nang's investment promotion centre said the city has attracted 305 FDI projects with a total investment of $3.37 billion, of which 37 projects worth US$710 million were from Korean investors.
Korean ranked second in the list of investors in Da Nang, accounting 21 per cent of the total foreign investment capital.
Viet Nam Airlines operates two direct flights a week from Da Nang Airport to Busan, while the low-cost Air Busan from Korea operates two weekly flights between the two cities.
Five airlines operate 20 flights from Korea to Da Nang every week, carrying an average of 2,000 passengers. — VNS