Foreign investors affirmed that they would not abandon their businesses in Vietnam, saying that recent incidents occured at some industrial zones were just unfortunate incidents. They continued to see Vietnam as a very attractive and friendly country, said the English language news website VietNamNet Bridge on May 20.

Nearly all the foreign invested enterprises affected by the riots some days ago have resumed their normal operations.

Chau Vi Chi, Marketing & Business Director of Asama, a Taiwanese-invested enterprise, said that he kept maintaining daily contact with the company’s general director in Taiwan and repeatedly affirmed that he would not leave Vietnam.
The director also said that he shared sympathy with the government of Vietnam and he could not abandon his workers.

Tran Quang Vinh, the representative of the Dai Dang Industrial Zone, said 30 enterprises there have resumed their operations after the incidents, while 80 percent of foreign-invested enterprises are expected to complete repairs of their damages this week and be able to resume their normal operations.

The managers of Taiwanese- and Malaysian-invested Power Joy Vietnam, and Republic of Korea-invested Kumho Electric Vina have said they now feel completely secure as the extremist figures have been arrested.

“We have confidence in the promises of the Vietnamese leaders, from the central agencies to local authorities, that they will create the most favourable conditions for foreign-invested enterprises to do business in Vietnam,” the representative from Power Joy Vietnam was quoted as saying.

Hoang Ngoc Hinh, Personnel Director of Thong Dung Shoes Company, a Taiwanese-owned enterprise in the Song Than 1 Industrial Zone, said that while the company suffered some damages, he sympathises with the local authorities.

“The workers were on the company’s side. They filmed the actions of the bad actors and provided them to the police", Hinh said.

Wu Ten, President of Song Tian Tong Company, said: “We don’t want our workers to lose their jobs. Please help us go through the procedures for importing materials quickly so that we can resume our production soon.”

Meanwhile, Kyu Hwa Lee, President of Han Sung Vietnam, a 100 percent Republic of Korea-invested enterprise in the Dat Cuoc Industrial Zone, said he would inform other businessmen about the situation and tell them to return to work, as the provincial authorities have promised to ensure public order.

Local authorities have made strong commitments to protect investors’ assets. “We have been doing everything necessary to be sure that no enterprise suffers,” stated Tran Thanh Liem, Deputy Chair of the Binh Duong Provincial People’s Committee.

Liem instructed district officials to calculate all the damages that foreign invested enterprises had suffered, affirming that the government will apply the necessary policies to help the businesses return to their normal operations.

Chairman of Binh Duong province People’s Committee Le Thanh Cung said the heads of the affected Taiwanese- and Chinese-invested enterprises, who left after the incidents, have confirmed they will return to Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Bui Huu Phong, Director of Binh Duong Provincial Social Insurance, said workers will receive unemployment allowances.-VNA