Dong Dang - Lang Son Border Gate Economic Zone: Dynamic Economic Region of Lang Son

10:57:34 AM | 23/7/2014

Dong Dang - Lang Son Border Gate Economic Zone, based in Lang Son province, was established and operated under the Government’s Decision 55/2008/QD-TTg dated April 28, 2008 approving the project of building Dong Dang - Lang Son Border Gate Economic Zone, Decision 138/QD-TTg dated October 14, 2008 on the establishment and issuance of operating regulations for Dong Dang-Lang Son Border Gate Economic Zone, and Decision 1601/QD-TTg dated November 7, 2008 on the formation of the Steering Board for Dong Dang-Lang Son Border Gate Economic Zone.
According to statistics, in 2013, Dong Dang-Lang Son Border Gate Economic Zone received VND51.128 billion of State budget for deploying 10 infrastructure projects. Contractors were quickly given money to carry out their works, including the upgrading of Pac Luong - Tan Thanh Road, inner roads in Section 2 - Tan Thanh, Tan Thanh residential zone, upgrading and restoring Tran Dang Ninh Road, the supply of water to Huu Nghi International Border Gate, and Tan Thanh - Coc Nam Road. The province also accelerated the construction of internal roads in Huu Nghi International Border Gate, paced up the progress of land acquisition and compensation at Huu Nghi International Border Gate, and Dong Dang residential zone. The province planned to invest VND200 billion for 11 projects, with money mainly channelled into trade centre and site clearance in Lang Son province. The economic zone also received US$35.52 million of official development assistance (ODA) for social and economic development project in Dong Dang Town. Many projects have been brought to operation, including the construction of lighting system in border gate area; the repairing of Tan Thanh - Coc Nam Road; the construction of Na Nua water supply and drainage system; and the upgrading of Coc Nam Joint Control House.
Besides, the economic zone also prepared for three projects, namely the first control house in Chi Ma Border Gate; expansion of working offices in Bao Lam, Na Hinh and Co Sa areas; and border-crossing roads (Na Nua, Bao Lam and Ban Chat.)
Tenants have brought some projects into operation, including parking lots at the Huu Nghi Border Gate; Dragon automobile assembly plant; Hong Phong Cement Plant, Ham Thien lead factory; construction material production zones, and driver tests.
Building and developing driving economic zones is considered basically completed, especially for dynamic Lang Son - Dong Dang Border Gate Economic Zone and other border gate economic zones. In 2013, the total import-export turnover reached US$2,417.5 million, up 15 percent year on year. The province is now home to 1,984 businesses engaged in export and import. Key exports are starch, sliced cassava, ornamental plants and fresh fruits, while major imports are automobiles, automotive components, machines and chemicals. Tax revenue grossed VND2,524.3 billion in 2013, representing an on-year increase of 21 percent. With impressive and important economic achievements, Dong Dang - Lang Son Border Gate Economic Zone has affirmed the importance in the provincial economic development strategy and serves as a growth engine of the provincial economy towards 2020.
The development of Dong Dang - Lang Son Border Gate Economic Zone has affirmed the right direction in the province’s dynamic economic zone construction strategy aimed at creating positive changes in the overall economy. At the same time, Lang Son province is making effort to improve the investment environment and open the doors to welcome domestic and foreign investors to the economic zone which is expected to become a dynamic, modern economic, urban, industrial, commercial and service zone in the future.
Minh Xuan