Almost all the enterprises affected by the recent social disturbances in the southern province of Dong Nai have resumed their normal operation, according to Mai Van Nhon, deputy head of the provincial Industrial Zones Authority (DIZA).

According to the authority, 204 local enterprises were affected by acts committed by some individuals, who took advantage of the May 13-14 protests against China ’s illegal placement of its oil rig in Vietnam ’s waters to damage and loot foreign factories. Of the total, 198 firms are located in industrial parks.

As of May 26, 203 firms had restored their production, while factory and equipment of the last company are being repaired so that it can resume its operations soon, said Nhon.

He said that immediately after the incident, the authority coordinated with the firms’ owners to assess the damage caused to the enterprises and provide proper support.

Johnson Wood Vietnam, a Taiwanese company in Tam Phuoc industrial park, was one of the firms affected by the incident that has resumed its work.

According to Pham Xuan Nam, an administrative officer of the company, 2,500 workers have returned to work. The company is also intensifying operations to make up for the production loss incurred due to the disruption, he added.

Shen Hsin Yuan, Vice Director of Perfect Vision company, another Taiwanese firm in Long Thanh industrial park, said his firm has also recovered its production soon after the incident. He said his confidence in the Dong Nai investment environment remains unchanged, expressing his hope that the regrettable case will not happen again.

Meanwhile, Imamura Tomofumi, Chairman of the Japanese Business Association in Dong Nai, said 32 affected Japanese enterprises have recommenced their work. He said he hopes the local government will continue supporting enterprises.

So far, the local customs department has sent the necessary guidelines to enterprises, especially those that lost their documents in the disorder, so that they can receive support in the work, according to Le Van Danh, head of the provincial Customs Department.

Meanwhile, Cao Ngoc Son, deputy head of the Communications and Support Office of the provincial Taxation Department, said the department has sent teams to the sites to support enterprises.

The department is prioritising tax refunds for affected firms, he added.-VNA