Hà Nội to review planning of industrial and export processing zones

March 08, 2021 - 18:35
Hà Nội is requiring relevant agencies to early review the planning of the city’s industrial and export processing zones to make it develop more effectively.


Workers in Sumi-Hanel Company in Hà Nội’s Sài Đồng B Industrial Zone. VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hùng

HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội is requiring relevant agencies to review the planning of the city’s industrial and export processing zones to make them develop more effectively.

Nguyễn Mạnh Quyền, vice chairman of the People's Committee of Hà Nội, said after reviewing, the Management Board of Hà Nôi Industrial and Export Processing Zones (HIZA) must propose changes to make it suitable with the city’s current development. The changes can relate to the termination of some existing zones or addition of more zones to the city’s planning.

Planning was the most important issue determining the effective development of industrial zones in the city, Quyền noted.

Currently, there are nine industrial zones in operation in Hà Nội, covering a total area of 1,369 ha. The occupancy rate reaches 95 per cent.

Last year, the industrial zones attracted 11 new investment projects with registered capital of US$32.8 million and VNĐ144.4 billion. Another 21 existing investment projects in the zones also added more registered capital worth $72.9 million and VNĐ147 billion during the year.

The revenue of enterprises in the industrial zones reached $7.6 billion last year, down 2 per cent compared to 2019. They contributed $235 million to the State budget, down 3 per cent against 2019.

The enterprises’ turnover in the first two months of 2021 reached $1.24 billion while their export and import values were $838 million and $748 million, respectively.

Trần Anh Tuấn, HIZA’s deputy head, admitted the attraction of investment in the city’s industrial zones was still low, with no large-sized and high-tech projects.

The People's Committee of Hà Nôi has so far also required HIZA to set targets for the city’s zones with focus on attracting investment until 2025.

According to investors in the zones, their operation is still facing difficulties as authorities make too many overlapping inspections and examinations. Besides, the administrative procedures are still cumbersome and time-consuming for investors.

Quyền directed HIZA to consider and propose to the city to remove the difficulties for the investors. — VNS