Investment in HCM City’s industrial parks up 23 percent hinh anh 1Hiep Phuoc Industrial Park in Nha Be district. Industrial parks and processing zones in HCM City are attracting more and more investments despite COVID-19. (Photo:
HCM City (VNS/VNA) - Investment in Ho Chi Minh City’s industrial parks and processing zones have risen by nearly 23 percent year-on-year so far this year to 236.1 million USD.

Foreign direct investment was worth around 125 million US, double the amount that came in during the same period last year.

Companies constructing factories and warehouses accounted for nearly 69 percent of the investment, with pharmaceuticals, software and food processing also accounting for major shares.

Hua Quoc Hung, head of the HCM City Export and Processing Zones Authority (HEPZA), said investment was increasing because Vietnam and HCM City had been controlling the pandemic well.

The city and his agency had been helping investors overcome problems caused by the pandemic and global economic instability, which would also attract further investment, he said.

But land was running out in the city’s industrial parks and processing zones, while new industrial parks were launching too slowly due to land compensation and legality problems, he said.

Hung said his agency would speed up the construction and opening of new industrial parks to offer more land to investors.

It would also work with other agencies to acquire more land for industrial zones for use in 2021 – 2025, he said.

Existing zones also have problems such as lack of technical infrastructure and pollution, he added./.