A worker at the Japanese Tokai company in ​Hoa Cam Industrial Zone. (Photo: VNA)

Da Nang (VNS/VNA) -
The central city has attracted 43 new foreign direct investment (FDI) projects worth 60 million USD in the first eight months this year, 4.6 times the amount in the same period last year, vice director of the the municipal Investment Promotion and Support Agency, Nguyen Ky Anh said.

In addition, five FDI projects increased their investment capital by a total of nearly 900,000 USD.

Anh said tourism real estate and service projects made up 60 percent of the new FDI projects, while manufacturing projects attracted 40 percent.

The city now has 461 FDI projects worth more than 3.6 billion USD, mostly in tourism, services, property and industry.

Singapore was the biggest investor in Da Nang with 23 projects worth 717 million USD, while Japan had 134 projects worth 598 million USD. The United States ranked third with 46 projects worth 517 million USD, followed by the Republic of Korea (RoK) with total investment of 244.6 million USD.

Da Nang encourages investors in high-tech industries and high-quality services in the form of public-private partnerships (PPP), as well as investment in waste treatment, infrastructure development, solar and wind power.

Earlier this month, the city listed 68 PPP projects, 22 of them in the high-tech sector. From 2017-20, the projects call for investment from domestic and foreign businesses of 1.4 billion USD.

The city’s 1,010ha high-tech park, which was built in 2013 in Hoa Vang district 20km west of the city, has attracted six projects valued at 180 million USD from two Japanese and four domestic investors.

The park, which was designed as a hub for green and high-tech investors, is keen on attracting more investors from Japan, Thailand and the RoK.

Korea, Japan investments

The city is seeking additional investment from the RoK and Japan.

At an investment promotion event in the RoK last week, president of Acro Eng, Lee Ho-sung, said his company would consider investment opportunities in the city’s high-tech park. Deahan A&C group also plans to invest in an underground shopping and entertainment complex, the Lotus Square project.

Last month, two new direct air routes connecting Da Nang with Deagu, the RoK, and Osaka, Japan, were launched. According to the city’s tourism department, there are 12 flights from the RoK to Da Nang every week, carrying an average of 1,500 passengers.

Last year, Da Nang and the RoK city of Gyeongsan signed a Memorandum of Understanding on development and cooperation in the cosmetics industry.

Tourists from the RoK make up the second-largest segment of foreign tourist arrivals in Da Nang, with more than 443,000 – nearly 20 percent of total foreign travellers – last year.

In a recent promotion in Japan, representatives from Da Nang's administration urged the Japanese Business Association and Japanese businesses to invest in high-tech farms, infrastructure, sea ports and green industries.

The city has offered favourable conditions and priorities for Japanese businesses by setting up a one-stop shop and a Japanese desk to support investors in Da Nang.

Representatives of Kawasaki Heavies Industry and Mitsubishi Group have investigated investment in sea ports, electric cars and a metro in Da Nang.

Japanese goods accounted for 37 percent of the city’s total imports, while 30 percent of the city’s industrial production value comes from Japanese FDI projects.

Earlier this year, Route Inn Group from Japan inaugurated its first hotel project in Da Nang, the first of its kind in Vietnam, with a total investment of 18 million USD.

FPT Software’s Da Nang company began its 10,000-Bridge Software Engineer (BrSE) programme in cooperation with Japanese partners in 2016. In 2014, Da Nang started including Japanese language education in its curriculum at some high schools and colleges.

Da Nang, which is situated in central Vietnam and at the end of East-West Economic Corridors linking Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam, will help boost exports and trade between local manufacturers and regional markets, as well as industrial centres in Binh Dinh, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai.-VNA