ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Vietnam wants to fill half-empty industrial zones
Making matters worse, he said new EPZs were being planned, despite the fact that existing industrial zones were lying in some cases virtually empty, he added.
Just 46 per cent of the area in the country's industrial zones on average has been filled. Meanwhile, new industrial zone projects are being proposed, he said.
Allocating more land for unnecessary industrial zones will detrimentally affect urban planning in the future, Hai added.
Pham Ba Tung, vice director of northern Ha Nam's Department of Industrial Zone Management, said 70 per cent of the space in the province's industrial zones was either occupied or earmarked for occupation.
However, he said many industrial zones in the province were underused, such as Dong Van 2 and Hoa Mac, which had an occupation rate of just 20 per cent and 4 per cent, respectively.
By the end of May, only four out of 13 industrial zones in northern Hung Yen Province were operational, with about 300 ha of their land area leased, just 13 per cent of their total area, Bui The Cu, vice director of Hung Yen Department of Industrial Zone Management, said.
There is also a lot of wasted land in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, Cu said. The region has 20 industrial zones that have an occupancy rate of just 22 per cent of their total land area on average. Even so, new industrial zones are still being planned in remote areas.
It's high time we conducted a detailed survey of land usage in industrial zones throughout the country, Le Dang Doanh, a planning expert, said.
Unused land in industrial zones should be confiscated and returned to farmers or be used for community projects, he added.
Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below