The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) of southern Dong Nai province increased by 7.1 percent in the first quarter of this year, ranking third after northern Hai Phong city (11.3 percent) and central Da Nang city (10.5 percent).

According to the provincial Department of Industry and Trade, the IIP in March was up 9.3 percent from the previous month and 4.5 percent against the same month last year.

In the first three months, nine out of 16 sectors enjoyed significant growth, including chemical production (26.7 percent) and leather and associated products (22.2 percent).

Meanwhile, declines were seen in food processing and the production of tobacco and paper, and rubber and plastic products.

Le Van Danh, the department’s director, said that to maintain the growth, the province will focus on solving difficulties for businesses, boosting the sale of inventories, and bettering policies related to business and export.

It will also provide businesses with information about domestic and foreign markets in order to intensify exports.

In the near future, the department will create conditions for enterprises to participate in several fairs outside the province, including the 2014 Lifestyle Fair in April and the International Vietbuild Exhibition in June in Ho Chi Minh City.-VNA