Hoa Lac High-tech Park requests 364 million USD hinh anh 1A graphic image of the Hoa Lac High-tech Park (Photo: Ministry of Science and Technology)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Hoa Lac High-tech Park (HHTP)’s management board has sent a report to the Ministry of Planning and Investment requesting nearly 8.3 trillion VND (364 million USD) for land clearance and infrastructure construction.

According to approved plans, total investment capital from the State budget for land clearance and infrastructure construction of the park is 15.6 trillion VND, of which some 5.94 trillion VND is for residential resettlement and the rest is for infrastructure construction.

However, by the end of 2016, only 7.33 trillion VND was disbursed for land clearance and 3.03 trillion VND for residential settlement.

Of the remaining 8.3 trillion VND needed, 4.138 trillion VND is expected to come from foreign loans.

According to a report of the park’s management board, by March this year, HHTP had 79 investment projects being implemented with total investment capital of some 61.34 trillion VND on an area of 347.5ha. The total import-export turnover of the park in 2016 reached more than 2.4 billion USD with exports accounting for nearly 1.3 billion USD.

HHTP is located in the two districts of Thach That and Quoc Oai in suburban Hanoi, spanning a total area of 1,586ha. It is set to become a city of science, attracting investors in the field of R&D, training and incubating, and manufacturing high-tech products in the fields of biotechnology, ICT, new materials and automation. To create an attractive environment in the complex, modern infrastructure is being built with capital from the State budget and ODA provided by the Japanese government.

The biggest difficulty and also the longest standing problem for the park is that 243ha of land has not been released for construction over the last 15 years, causing a lot of problems during infrastructure development and attracting investment.

On a working visit to the park in March this year, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged Hanoi’s authorities to complete land clearance for the park’s development within 2017, noting that the park is not merely a technological area but also a miniature model for Vietnam’s economy in the future.

The park’s management board said after the PM’s direction, it worked with the Hanoi People’s Committee on the issue, asking the committee for providing the capital in advance, however, the committee responded that it had no capital to meet the proposal.

The park, therefore, had to ask the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Planning and Investment to consider and disburse the capital for the park as planned.-VNA