HCMC – Enterprises operating in hi-tech parks in HCMC have proposed that international flights linking Vietnam with the United States, Japan and some ASEAN countries be resumed for foreign investors and experts to come to Vietnam for work.
They also proposed the resumption of international air services to enable Vietnamese technicians to join training courses overseas, Nguyen Van Be, president of the HCMC Export Processing Zone and Industrial Park Authority Business Association (HBA), told a meeting attended by Vuong Dinh Hue, chairman of the National Assembly, and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday, October 7.
According to the HBA leader, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, new foreign investment approvals in Vietnam reached US$22 billion from January to September. In HCMC alone, the U.S. in the first half of the year invested US$475 million in the city’s hi-tech parks, raising the total capital at the Intel Products Vietnam Company to US$1.5 billion and pledging to continue to invest an additional US$2.6 billion.
Further, the export value of export processing zones and hi-tech parks in HCMC reached US$18 billion in total over the past eight months, with hi-tech parks accounting for over US$16 billion.
Be said that hundreds of thousands of businesses in HCMC are rushing to restart operations after eight months of suffering huge damages. Accordingly, HBA proposed commercial banks offer incentive lending policies to help enterprises resume operations.
In addition, HBA suggested the establishment of field hospitals in export processing zones, industrial zones and hi-tech parks. Enterprises and foreign direct investment firms are willing to contribute funding to serve construction as well as medical equipment. Costs to hire medical teams to operate the hospitals and treat Covid-infected employees must be in line with prevailing regulations.