Binh Duong takes lead in foreign investment attraction hinh anh 1Investors receives investment licences from the leader of the Binh Duong province's People's Committee. (Source: VNA)

Binh Duong (VNA) – The People’s Committee of southern Binh Duong province lured 1.344 billion USD in foreign-invested projects in the period from the beginning of this year to March 15, leading the country in foreign investment attraction.

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Of the investments, 793 million USD comes from 43 new projects and the remaining is from the capital adjustment of 14 existing projects.

A ceremony to grant investment licences was held at the province’s administrative centre building on March 22.

At the ceremony, 21 projects with a combined capital of 1.308 billion USD were granted with investment licences, including 10 newly-registered foreign direct investment (FDI) projects with a total registered capital of 740.7 million USD.

The province also granted licences to eight existing FDI projects with additional 536.1 million USD and three new domestic others worth 740 billion VND (32.8 million USD).

Speaking at the event, Chairman of the Binh Duong People’s Committee Tran Thanh Liem affirmed the projects granted with investment licences this time are specific manifestation for investors’ confidence and long-term commitment to the province.

Binh Duong continues improving its investment environment, boosting administrative procedure reform and raising its provincial competitiveness capacity while implementing flexible solutions to support and facilitate businesses’ operations, he pledged.

The province has to date had 2,892 foreign invested projects with a total investment of over 27 billion USD. It ranks second in the country’s foreign investment attraction after Ho Chi Minh City.

In 2016, Binh Duong ranked fourth out of 63 provinces and cities in terms of the Provincial Competitiveness Index launched by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.-VNA