Viet Nam News
ĐÀ NẴNG — The central city aims to accelerate economic growth from 7.68 per cent to 12 per cent, while more drastic measures and administrative reforms are needed to turn the city into an as a destination to investment and tourism.
The city’s Party Secretary, Trương Quang Nghĩa, spoke at the Spring Dialogue 2019 on Friday, stating that this year will be a benchmark for the socio-economic Master Plan in 2030.
Despite the existence of 27,000 businesses with total investment of VNĐ193 trillion (US$8.5 billion), Đà Nẵng contributed just 1.55 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“The city will focus on five key industries, including tourism and service and real estate; sea port and logistics; hi-tech industries and innovation; information technology and digital economy and hi-tech agriculture,” Nghĩa said at the dialogue.
“Đà Nẵng will dismantle barriers in administrative procedures to support local residents and the business community as well as foreign investors in operating businesses in 2019,” he said.
Nghĩa said the city would promote transparency and publicity in land access and reduce informal charges in procedures for businesses as well as boost competition and information for all businesses and residents.
Japanese Ambassador to Việt Nam, Umeda Kunio, said Đà Nẵng was a popular destination for investors not only from Japan, but from other countries too.
“The city has boosted ties with cities in Japan including Kawasaki, Yokohama, Mitsuke and Mimasaka. Đà Nẵng has inked friendship affiliation agreement with Osaka and Sakai cities in early 2019,” Umeda Kunio said.
He said Đà Nẵng did not have any direct flights to Japan five years ago, but the city now hosted 14 direct air routes from Japan each week.
The Japanese ambassador also said Japan eased visa rules for Vietnamese civil servants and businesses.
“Japan and Đà Nẵng agreed to co-operate in dealing with human resources, and Japan will help Đà Nẵng in training as well as Japanese language education,” he said, adding that 127 Japanese business were operating in Đà Nẵng.
He said Japan planned to open a consulate in the city in early 2020, creating smooth conditions for both Japanese and Vietnamese tourists, businesses and investment.
Japanese language has been taught at some schools following the city’s foreign language teaching programme for 2012-20.
Jonathan Hạnh Nguyễn, whose company operates a new terminal at Cam Ranh Airport in Khánh Hòa Province, urged the city to build a third terminal to ease congestion.
He said Đà Nẵng should design an international standard duty-free zone and recreational area for tourists.
He also suggested the city promote transparency and fair competition in land auctions among businesses as well as publicity in land planning.
Satoru Takizawa, chairman of the Japanese Business Association in Đà Nẵng, said the city should plan and invest in infrastructure projects.
He said Japanese businesses and other FDI enterprises had failed in finding work space and land for factories as well as skilled manpower.
Lawrence Lee, general director of TCIE Việt Nam, a member of Malaysia’s Tan Chong Motor Group, said the city had offered strong support to the company in dealing with policy changes in the automobile industry.
He urged other foreign businesses to eye long-term investment in Đà Nẵng and build trusts in the city as a second home.
Huỳnh Uy Dũng, chairman of Đại Nam Group said his company would invest VNĐ10 trillion ($442 million) in helping the city deal with waste water treatment with bio-technology solutions.
Aerospace components plant
Kevin Loebbaka, Chief Operating Officer for Universal Alloy Corporation and President of Universal Alloy Corporation Europe (UAC), said the city and departments had been very helpful in assisting UAC.
“Đà Nẵng and Việt Nam have proven to be trusted partners in establishing our investment in the Đà Nẵng Hi-Tech Park. I would recommend to any company seeking to do business in Việt Nam. Come to Đà Nẵng to see what opportunities exist in this beautiful, vibrant, high tech city,” Kevin said.
He said UAC, which was established in 1961 as a global manufacturer and supplier of aerospace components, had established long term contracts with all the major aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing, Airbus Embraer and Bombardier.
He said UAC provided highly engineered aircraft parts and assemblies to over 800 companies in North America, Asia, Europe and South America, and the company was proud to establish a manufacturing site in Asia, in the beautiful city of Đà Nẵng.
He said in Việt Nam, VietJetAir had purchased 65 Airbus A320 and A321 single aisle aircraft, while Bamboo Airways bought six Airbus single aisle aircraft, and they would commit to 20 Boeing 787 aircraft – the Dream Liner.
He expressed his hope that Việt Nam would continue to focus on aerospace manufacturing as the country further leverages offset sales to Vietnamese airlines.
Kevin said: “In Anaheim California, UAC had an exceptionally talented Vietnamese workforce that was highly proficient in math, science, and machining skills. And today we begin UAC in Đà Nẵng with the slogan ‘Flying into the Future’.”
UAC will begin manufacturing over 4,000 different aerospace parts in Đà Nẵng for Boeing’s 787, 777, and 737 aircraft programmes, and it will export these parts to North America, Europe and Asia.
UAC on Friday also officially launched its $170 million Đà Nẵng Sunshine Aerospace components manufacturer project in Đà Nẵng.
At the one-day dialogue, the city also officially granted investment licences to eight projects worth $490 million and 11 other feasibility studies projects with an estimate of $3.5 billion.
The city also signed an agreement with Sakae Holdings and Subarna Jurong Consultants from Singapore in consultancy on revision of the city’s Master Plan in 2030 at the dialogue. —VNS