Chairman of the People’s Committee of southern Binh Duong province, Le Thanh Cung, on June 9 again urged local authorities to focus more resources on helping foreign businesses damaged by recent disturbances to stabilise their operation.

The disturbances erupted on May 13-14 in central Ha Tinh and southern Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces when some individuals took advantage of workers' rallies - in protest of China's illegal placement of its Haiyang Shiyou-981 drilling rig in Vietnam’s waters - to incite others to damage and loot assets of some foreign-invested companies and factories.

After hearing a report from the team established to support riot-affected enterprises, Cung criticised several provincial departments and local administrations for their sluggishness in assisting businesses.

He asked authorities to swiftly conduct asset loss assessments and calculate tax reductions or exemptions for each affected enterprise, while offering them credit loan access.

In recent days, the provincial Department of Customs and Taxation has made efforts to help businesses recover their software and import-export declarations and delayed a post-clearance audit until the end of June.

The provincial People’s Committee plans to announce the concrete figures for financial support for affected businesses on June 16.

As of June 4, as many as 98 percent of affected businesses had resumed their operations and more than 2,100 out of 2,650 foreign experts had returned to their work in industrial zones.-VNA