Hanoi to attract investment hinh anh 1The manufacturing and processing industry ranked first among industries that have attracted more than 40 percent of total FDI in Hanoi (Source :vietpress)

Hanoi (VNA) - This year, Hanoi will see breakthroughs in attracting investment capital, according to deputy director of the municipal Department of Planning and Investment Tran Ngoc Nam.

In 2015, the capital city saw significant improvements in its investment and business environments. The city took initiatives to reduce the time needed for establishing new business, falling from five to three days, while the time needed to fulfilling procedures for investment licences were also slashed to 15 days, instead of the previous 45 days.

Other administrative procedures were also simplified, Nam said.

Despite these encouraging improvements, the city's investment environment remains less competitive, as compared with other localities nationwide, he said.

Thus, the top priority this year will be given to continuing to promote administrative reforms and improving the processes of planning, investment and building to support businesses.

Also, numerous trade promotion activities will be included to attract more domestic and foreign investment, he said, adding that the city will develop solutions to handle obstacles facing investors.

Do Nhat Hoang, Director of the Ministry of Planning and Investment's Foreign Investment Agency, said to further attract FDI, Hanoi should enhance its potential promotion and investment opportunities and eliminate obstacles in land clearance.

He also suggested the city promote investment and business connections through banks, investment funds and consultancy companies.

According to the Hanoi People's Committee, the city attracted 1.4 billion USD in foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2015. Also, FDI disbursements experienced a year-on-year rise of 8 percent to an estimated 1.1 billion USD.

From now until 2020, the city will focus on attracting investments in infrastructure construction development, establishment of hi-tech and biological parks, as well as support industries.

Other prioritised sectors for seeking investment include hi-tech agriculture, production of new materials, trade and tourism, in addition to health care, training and education.-VNA