The northern province of Dong Nai is striving to build a thorough logistics infrastructure system plan to meet the increasing demand of goods transport between sea ports and industrial parks in the locality.

Speaking at a meeting to examine and assess the locality’s plan through 2025, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Van Vinh asked relevant departments and sectors to proactively support consulting units towards fulfilling the plan within the year.

Dong Nai has become the leading locality in attracting investment, given its strategic location on key transport routes such as the national north-south railway, the national Road No. 20 connecting with the Central Highlands and National Roads No. 51 and 56 connecting with southern coastal Ba Ria-Vung Tau province. It is also close to key seaports in the south and the Tan Son Nhat international airport.

However, the sluggish pace of logistics development planning is the root of weakness in the local logistics infrastructure network, which is essential in connecting the locality with major southern seaports such as Cai Mep-Thi Vai and Ho Chi Minh City .

According to consulting units, it is necessary to rapidly build a logistics service network, helping reduce expenses for production and trade activities in the province as well as in southern key economic zones in general.

Looking forward, the locality will focus on studying and planning logistics service development; building a plan for developing Dong Nai port into a logistics centre; and setting up a forum to seek measures to promote logistics services in the locality.

Nguyen Thi Bach Mai, General Director of the Dong Nai Port JSC, shared that there are no links between small and medium-size enterprises operating logistics sector, resulting in their limited role as sub-contractors for foreign logistics firms.

Additionally, the quality of the workforce serving the sector does not satisfy the development demand and leads to ineffective industry activities, she added.-VNA