Phú Nghĩa Industrial Park in Hà Nội. The capital city expects to lure a total investment of US$15 million from new projects in industrial parks and export processing zonesin the first half of this year. — Photo kinhtedothi.vn
HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội expects to attract total investment of US$38.3 million in industrial parks and export processing zones in the first half of this year, equivalent to 64 per cent of the figure in the same period last year.
The capital would come from five new projects totaling nearly $15 million and 10 capital-added projects worth a combined $23.3 million.
Lê Quang Phong, deputy head of the Management Board of the Hà Nội Industrial and Export Processing Zones, said local enterprises have been facing difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
They are making every effort to diversify material sources for production and seek new consumption markets, towards fulfiling their production targets for the second half and the whole year.
According to the management board, industrial and export processing zones in Hà Nội generate jobs for nearly 160,000 labourers, including 1,219 foreigners.
The capital city led the country in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first four months of this year, with $4.75 billion, or 30.6 per cent of the total capital poured into the Vietnamese economy, the Hà Nội Mới (New Hà Nội) newspaper reported.
Savills Việt Nam reported that at present, Việt Nam is considered an ideal destination for investors to search for investment opportunities in industrial parks, factories and export processing centres.
A lot of domestic and foreign investors are finding locations in industrial zones for investment. Some businesses want to become the investor of an industrial park with a total area of between 500ha and 1,000ha. Some others plan to expand factories, said Sử Ngọc Khương, senior director of investment, Savills Việt Nam.
Besides big cities such as Hà Nội and HCM City, satellite cities and provinces have also attracted attention of investors, including Long An and Bình Dương provinces. Those cities and provinces have good locations, abundant human resources and good infrastructure for warehousing, logistics and transportation to major cities, Khương said.
John Campbell, manager of Industrial Services, Savills Việt Nam, said: “One of the main drivers in 2019 and this year is Việt Nam joining key FTAs. Amongst other Southeast Asian countries, Việt Nam is far more into free trade agreements, which means much more access to the global market.”
“This year, we have seen official ratification by the EU with trade agreements, and this is definitely the most ambitious agreement Việt Nam has ever been in as it will bring much more interest and new markets into Việt Nam, helping it continue the transition from manufacturing to higher value industries,” said Campbell.
Therefore, “the Government should pay attention to selecting industrial investors to Việt Nam. It should focus on calling investment in technology-intensive and less labour-intensive industries,” Khương said.
He also said that if Việt Nam wants to develop this industrial real estate segment, it must pay attention to the development of inland transportation system. It is the transportation system that helps factories to transport goods from one city to another and connects to the import-export system of goods.
One more important thing is the development of warehouses for raw materials and finished products, he said. — VNS