Ninh Province plans to boost investment and trade advantages
Nen, Chairman of southern Tay Ninh Provincial People’s Committee, talked with
Thoi bao Kinh te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times) about development in the
province have good trade advantages not only with domestic localities and
Cambodia, but also other ASEAN countries as it is close to HCM City and the
Trans-Asia Highway runs through it. The province is considered one of the key
economic zone in the south. How can these advantages benefit you?
Tay Ninh connects the
southern central highlands and the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta.
After the provincial Party
congress earlier this year the province has drawn up plans to improve economic
and social conditions in the area. In the first six months of the year the
economy has continued growing at a rate of 17.3 per cent compared to the same
term last year.
Production value in
particular reached VND2.2 trillion, an increase of 37 per cent over 2005.
Tay Ninh has so far
attracted 120 foreign direct investment projects with registered capital of more
than US$465 million. Six new projects were licensed in the first half of the
year, while 16 existing projects increased investment.
Export turnover reached
$164.7 million in the first six months, an increase of 53.28 per cent
The province also tried to
boost administration reform to attract more investors.
are benefiting from trade and tourism. How can transportation and infrastructure
develop to nurture the advantages and improve people’s lives?
The provincial township is
only 90km from HCM City and 175km from Phnom Penh. The province shares a 240km
border with Cambodia’s Kong Pong Cham, Preyveng and Svay Rieng provinces. The
province thus needs to have a synchronised transport system to serve domestic
and international travelling demands, as well as trading at the two
international border gates of Moc Bai and Xa Mat and local border gates.
Road expansion is being
built for the Trans-Asia Highway on the basis of National Highway 22 running
from HCM City to Moc Bai international border gate in Tay Ninh and into
A trade zone will be
established along the Cu Chi-Moc Bai route where people can import and export
products. National Highway 22 B running from the north to the south of the
province, considered as the province’s back bone will be upgraded to four
lanes. The Central Government has already approved a plan to upgrade two other
highways, N1 and N2, connecting the newly-built Ho Chi Minh section that runs
into Tay Ninh with the Mekong River Delta.
The province will spend
VND2.5 trillion to build and upgrade local roads and highways.
We also have plans for
transport systems along the Sai Gon and Vam Co Dong rivers. We will build two
ports, Ben Keo and Ben Dinh, in the Vam Co Dong River to reach the target of
receiving 424,000 tonnes of goods by 2010.
public is talking about the lawsuit around the Bau Ra project under the National
reforestation programme 327. Investors also want to know more about the matter.
What can you tell them?
The Bau Ra project
involves 5,380ha of forest land in the 18,000ha former Tan Bien Forest. Under
the project, local people signed contracts to grow rubber in the forest with a
loan of VND1.9 billion at no interest.
The project began in 1994
and people started suing in 1996 when they discovered that the managing board of
the projects and the provincial People’s Committee gave the land and loans to
the wrong people, who used the land and loans for other puposes. Instead of
growing rubber as planned, they planted orchards.
The managing board has
admitted that they had been careless in finalising the contracts, while other
offices failed to recognise the mistake in time and still don’t have good and
quick solutions for the problem.
Last May, the Ministry of
Natural Resources and Environment issued ruling about the problem on a case by
case basic. Fifteen staff members at different levels responsible for this were
punished, ranging from reprimands to dismissals.
All the land-use
certificates given to the wrong people will be revoked. Those using the land
have to rent the land if they want to continue growing orchards.
We will also pay attention
to stabilising the lives of people in the project area. We think that if we deal
with the case in the right way, we can again earn people’s trust so that all
of us can work together to develop. — VNS