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Vietnam has 299 industrial zones nationwide
Thu Minh 22:23, 2015/10/26
According to the Ministry of Planning & Investment, as of September, Vietnam had 299 industrial zones, covering a total area of 85,000 hectares. Of which, 212 have become operational with an average occupancy rate of 67%, up to 2% compared to the end of 2014.
The National Steering Committee for economic zones (EZ) and industrial parks (IP) development reported that in the first nine months of this year, additional five IPs have been established across the country.
After the economic zone in southeast of Quang Tri province went to operational and two economic zones in Thanh Hoa, Nghe An were expanded this year, Vietnam has been home to 16 economic zones with a combined area of 815,000 hectares.
Speaking at a meeting of the National Steering Committee for economic zones and industrial parks development on October 23, Deputy Prime Minister (PM) Hoang Trung Hai, Head of the Committee noted the positive operations of industrial parks and economic zones.

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Especially, the occupancy rate of industrial parks and economic zones has increased significantly, their environmental protection and technological innovation has gained positive changes, the Deputy PM said.
The proportion of industrial parks, which have concentrated wastewater treatment plants with environmental standards, was at 84%, up 2%, he added.
At the meeting, Deputy PM Hai asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment to find measures to further boost the development of economic zones and industrial parks.
Hai also called for more drastic and comprehensive measures to enhance the occupancy rate of EZs and IPs, creating a momentum for local socio-economic development, while focusing on environment protection, and technology application.
The Deputy PM asked ten provinces with low occupancy rate of EZs and IPs to implement measures to attract more investment, as well as  accelerate land clearance and infrastructure development.
Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai urged the Planning and Investment Ministry to continue reviewing administrative procedures, creating more favourable conditions for investment, production and business activities at industrial zones and economic zones.
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