Deputy PM: Viet Nam ensures safety for foreign businesses

Update: May, 21/2014 - 21:49
Workers at a factory in the southern Binh Duong Province. — Photo VNA

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has affirmed that the Vietnamese Government will make every measure to ensure security and safety of life and assets for domestic and foreign businesses operating in the Formosa project in Ha Tinh province.

Hai made the statement during his May 19 working session with leaders of the central province and representatives from the Hung Nghiep Formosa Co., Ltd on a recent disturbance that occurred at the Formosa project in the Vung Ang Economic Zone.

While inspecting the situation at the project, he said the disturbance, created by extremists, caused losses for not only investors but also workers at the project, affirming that the Government, the locality and competent agencies have strictly punished them under the law.

He also pledged to create the best conditions for investors and contractors to complete the project on schedule.

Hai asked the province to continue communication campaigns to raise public awareness of the situation while coordinating with investors and contractors to bring production activities back to normal.

According to Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Vo Kim Cu, on May 14, a parade in the Vung Ang Zone opposing China 's illegal placement of a drilling rig in Vietnam 's exclusive economic zone turned into a conflict with foreign experts and workers at the Formosa project.

Taking advantage of the situation, some people set fire to the houses of foreign workers and stole company assets, machinery and other equipment.

Right after the incident, the local authorities swiftly controlled the situation and called on employees to restrain themselves while evacuating foreign workers to safe places, Cu said.

By May 21, 33 businesses and contractors with more than 7,380 workers resumed their work at the project, he added.—VNA/VNS