Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) to find ways to further boost the development of economic zones and industrial parks.
Addressing a meeting of the National Steering Committee for economic zones (EZ) and industrial parks (IP) development on October 23, the Deputy PM urged the ministry as a standing member of the committee to continue reviewing administrative procedures in a bid to further facilitate production and business activities at EZs and IPs.
Hai, who is the head of the committee, also called for more drastic and comprehensive measures to enhance the occupancy rate of EZs and IPs, creating an impetus for local socio-economic development, while focusing on environment protection, and technology application.
He asked ten provinces with low occupancy rate of EZs and IPs to take measures to lure more investment, while accelerating land clearance and infrastructure development.
The official stressed the need for developing a data base to facilitate the management and completing legal documents related to the development of EZs and IPs.
According to the MPI, as of September, Vietnam had 299 industrial zones, covering a total area of 85,000 hectares. Of the total, 212 have become operational with an average occupancy rate of 67%.
The country was home to 16 economic zones with a combined area of 815,000 hectares.