(HBO) – The Resolution of the 17th provincial Party Congress for the 2020 – 2025 tenure set the task of developing industry into a driving force of the economy with high, sustainable and efficient growth, toward raising the proportion of industry-construction to 54 percent of the local economic structure by 2025 and the total area of industrial parks and zones accounting for around 1 percent of the local natural land area. It is a very important task to soon bring Hoa Binh's economy to the national average. However, difficulties in infrastructure building in several industrial parks and zones remain so the provincial Party Committee and People’s Committee are drastically fixing them.

Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Dinh Cong Su inspects infrastructure construction in Mong Hoa industrial park in Hoa Binh city.

The province is now home to eight industrial parks (IPs) with a total planned land area of 1,510ha, which house 98 licensed projects, including 26 foreign-invested projects with a total registered capital of over 518 million USD and 72 domestic projects worth more than 7.39 trillion VND. The average occupancy rate of local IPs reaches 56.9 percent (Luong Son IP 100 percent, Left bank of Da River 86 percent, Mong Hoa 36.47 percent, Nam Luong Son 61.16 percent). The province has also zoned off 20 industrial clusters covering more than 800 ha, 14 of them have been established on a total area of 556.4 ha. Five clusters in Lac Thuy, Tan Lac, Mai Chau districts have been put into operation, drawing 13 secondary projects with a total registered capital of over 623 billion VND. The occupancy rate at the clusters averages 40.88 percent.

In order to develop synchronous infrastructure to meet demand for industrial development, the province has issued mechanisms and policies to pool resources for investment in infrastructure in IPs. So far, only Luong Son, Left bank of Da River IPs and Chieng Chau industrial cluster in Mai Chau have basically completed infrastructure. Mong Hoa and Yen Quang IPs in Hoa Binh city, Lac Thinh IP in Yen Thuy district and the clusters of Phu Thanh II, Dong Tam in Lac Thuy district and Khoang U in Lac Son are building several works but difficulties remain. The remaining IPs are still in the stage of site clearance.

The provincial People’s Committee assigned Phu My Group to study and set up an investment project at Mong Hoa IP under the Document No.967/UBND-CNXD. According to the provincial management board of IPs, the infrastructure project dossier for the IP has been submitted to the Prime Minister for approval. However, the evaluation process is delayed due to unclear issues, especially the settlement of capital sourced by State and provincial budget which was already invested in the IP,. Site clearance also met difficulties due to late update in land prices and changes in regulations on compensation and resettlement.

Do Trong Phu, Deputy General Director of the Phu My Group said the investor hopes the provincial People’s Committee will direct competent agencies to guide the investor through investment steps so that the project will be put into operation soon. The investor also suggested the provincial authorities early approve adjustments to the project building the main axis road in the IP, ensuring traffic connection between the IP and the Hanoi - Hoa Binh expressway as planned.

Similar to Mong Hoa IP, the construction of technical infrastructure at Yen Quang IP in Quang Tien commune, invested by An Viet Hoa Binh JSC, was also behind schedule. The project has yet to receive permission by the Prime Minister to change land use purpose so that its compensation plan cannot be approved. Late payment of compensation for site clearance by investor is slow, adversely affecting the consensus of local residents.

To remove difficulties for investors, Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Dinh Cong Su paid a fact-finding trip to Mong Hoa and Yen Quang IPs. He assigned specific tasks to each department and the Hoa Binh municipal People’s Committee in order to speed up infrastructure construction at the IPs.

At a meeting with the provincial management board of IPs at the beginning of this year, Su asked the board to continue offering recommendations to the provincial Party Committee, People’s Committee and Steering Committee on infrastructure developments at IPs. In the immediate future, the province strives to raise the occupancy rate to 100 percent at the Left Bank of Da River IP, 50 percent in Mong Hoa, 20 percent in Yen Quang and 60.04 percent in Nam Luong Son.

The board was also asked to advise the provincial People’s Committee in compiling and submitting a proposal on infrastructure investment in Nhuan Trach IP to the PM, and in clearing about 100ha of land for IPs. The province will also strive to complete the master plan on the development of provincial IPs till 2030 and realise the Resolution adopted by the provincial Party Committee on mobilising resources for infrastructure development at IPs, site clearance and creating clean land base for investment./.


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