Dong Nai: Actively Supporting Local Businesses

5:45:07 PM | 7/12/2011

Dong Nai province has constantly been in the Top 5 investment and business environments in Vietnam. The province is becoming an engine of regional development because of best-performing economy. “The local government always listens to investors, and helps them find out solutions to their problems. The success of investors is the success of Dong Nai province; the development of investors is the development of Dong Nai province,” said Mr Dinh Quoc Thai, Chairman of Dong Nai People’s Committee, in a talk with Vietnam Business Forum. Van Luong reports.
Dong Nai province gained significant achievements in both social and economic aspects in the 2006 - 2010 period. How will the province map out development for another successful five years from 2011 - 2015?
In 2006 - 2010, Dong Nai gained important achievements in both economic and social aspects. To continue this success in 2011 - 2015, the province will mobilise all resources for high and sustainable economic development; boost industrialisation and modernisation along with environmental protection; implement consistent social security policies; improve living standards; and ensure national defence and security. By 2015, Dong Nai will be a basically industrialised province.
To accomplish these overall goals, the province will focus on vocational training for people in rural areas, and offer good preferences for senior specialists to meet development requirements. The province will invest in infrastructure development, especially roads connecting to urban areas, industrial parks and highways. Besides, the province will develop high-quality services (finance, banking, transportation, warehousing, telecommunications, hotel and restaurant); attract investment for high-tech industries that create high added value; build brands for industrial products; invest in rural economic and social infrastructure development; develop trademarks of agricultural products; and encourage and facilitate the development of knowledge economy.
On the 2010 provincial competitiveness index (PCI) Dong Nai province ranked 25th out of 63 provinces and cities in the country. Dong Nai, however, still witnessed a decline in some PCI indicators. How will you improve these indicators?
In reality, PCI is primarily built on information collected from some private enterprises. The information is sometimes outdated, insufficient; and inaccurate, leading to some incorrect conclusions.
So far, the government of Dong Nai province has continuously supported enterprises in all aspects. Not only possessing great potential and advantages, Dong Nai is still a friendly, safe and effective destination for domestic and foreign investors. This is demonstrated by stable inflows of investment capital. The province is one of the five most attractive investment destinations in the country. Nonetheless, no matter how true or wrong it is, the PCI ranking in 2010 is a warning, which necessitate a serious study to troubleshoot shortcomings and promote rankings in the following years. Accordingly, we will continue reviewing criteria and focus on improving, especially administrative reform.
Together with tax reform efforts, we will give more care to the private sector. We will organise dialogues and meetings with business leaders; provide sufficient information in a swift manner, review and adjust regulations on the private sector from investment start-up to official production. In addition, we will implement measures to increase land access, support enterprises to find investment locations, provide planning information, and settle investment procedures.
The Government of Dong Nai province always listens to the opinions and concerns of investors to find solutions to their problems in production and business. The success of investors is the success of Dong Nai province, the development of investors is the development of Dong Nai province.
The 9th Party Congress of Dong Nai Province ratified that Dong Nai would become a basically industrialised province by 2015. Could you tell more about this? What has the province done to realise this target?
The 9th Party Congress of Dong Nai Province ratified the provincial development master plan that set forth the target that Dong Nai province will become a basically industrialised province by 2015. Specifically, the province will continue reforming methods, strengthening leadership of the Party, promoting the power of great national unity; maintain high sustainable growth economic rate; boost quality, efficiency and competitiveness; stepping up international integration, accelerating industrialisation and modernisation along with environmental protection; carry out consistent social security policies; raise living standards; ensure national defence and security. The province will become a basically industrialised locality by 2015.
To realise that goal, the province is placing all resources to uphold the implementation of the Prime Minister’s Directive 2178/CT-TTg dated December 2, 2010 on enhancing planning, promoting progress and accelerating review, supplement and adjustment of the socio-economic development master plan until 2020, with vision to 2025. The province will attract investment capital in accordance with the Resolution of the 9th Provincial Party Congress and the Resolution of the Provincial People’s Council on the five-year socioeconomic development plan from 2011 to 2015. The province will focus on implementing eight socioeconomic development plans for the 2011 - 2015 period, including: infrastructure development; environmental protection; human resource development; agricultural restructuring; services development; new rural development; crop and livestock development; and business support.
In addition, the province will step up administrative reform, especially review and simplify administrative procedures, eliminating unnecessary, unreasonable and unlawful ones. It will focus on settling site clearance to carry out traffic infrastructure projects serving industrial parks, industrial complexes, agricultural zones, and service projects.