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Hanoi (VNA) – Many localities have reported difficulties in implementing the Government’s Decree 68/2017/ND-CP on the management and development of industrial clusters, said Ngo Quang Trung, head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Department of Local Industry and Trade.

Speaking at a conference in Hanoi on October 20 to review one year of implementation of the decree, Trung said that Decree 68 has created a uniform and clear legal corridor, thus helping attracting investment for industrial development in localities.

However, Trung acknowledged that the decree has yet to be implemented strictly and fully in some localities, citing some violations in Thanh Hoa and Thai Binh provinces.

The coordination among departments remains poor in enforcing regulations on one-stop administrative procedures for industrial clusters, he said.

Trung noted that currently, Vietnam has 807 industrial clusters covering 26,565 hectares of land, 680 of which have become operation.

However, only 117 clusters have operational waste water treatment system, accounting for 17 percent of the operating clusters.

Particularly, investment attraction of industrial clusters has failed to meet the set targets, along with goals in environmental treatment and supporting infrastructure.

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Cao Quoc Hung said that the Ministry will continue building a decree amending a number of articles of Decree 68 and will submit it to the Government in the fourth quarter of 2019.

A target programme on budget support for infrastructure investment of industrial clusters in the 2020-2025 period will also be submitted to the Prime Minister within this year.

Meanwhile, the ministry will also coordinate with other ministries and sectors to design and complete institutions for industrial clusters, and share information in State management in the field.

Deputy Minister Hung stressed that the ministry will also keep a close eye on the development of industrial clusters in localities from planning to infrastructure building and during their operation.-VNA