|A corner of Van Don (Source: VNA)
Van Don is a mountainous island district located in the northeastern province of Quang Ninh. It is home to more than 600 islands, islets, with a natural land area of over 581 sq.km. Its sea area spreads nearly 1,600 sq.km. Accordingly, the development structure of the zone will be divided into two main regions of Cai Bau island and Van Hai islands.
The economic zone will be transformed into a smart, modern and green coastal urban area, as well as the region’s economic and cultural hub.
The population size will increase to 140,000-200,000 by 2030, and 300,000-500,000 by 2040.
Quang Ninh is zoning off Van Don as a high-quality administrative-economic special zone with a long-term and broad vision.
Van Don is oriented to become a new administrative-economic zone, not like the old special economic zone model during 1970-1980. In particular, it will catch development requirements in terms of free trade, modern services and especially a city of green, clean, beautiful islands that is able to combat extreme climate change, and becomes a model of climate change response in the region.
It is required to ensure eco-friendly development model, a streamlined administrative apparatus, effectively tap potential, strongly attract investment resources, foster a new driving force of development, propel growth to make Quang Ninh an economic locomotive in the north, ensuring national defense and security, contributing to maintaining independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.