Over 96 percent of companies in HCM City’s industrial zones resume production hinh anh 1Employees work at Dai Dung Metallic Manufacture Construction and Trade JSC at An Ha Industrial Park in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Chanh district. (Photo: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) - More than 96 percent out of 1,412 companies located in industrial and export processing zones in Ho Chi Minh City have resumed operations with up to 80 percent of the total number of labourers back to work.

According to Hua Quoc Hung, Director of the Management Board of HCM City Export Processing Zones and Industrial Park Authority (HEPZA), the stability in the direction of the economy for more than a month has helped foster the investment inflow into the southern city.

The investment capital in IZs in the locality, both new and additional investment, has so far this year reached 437 million USD, representing 80 percent of the year’s plan.

After the period of social distancing for COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control, a number of new foreign investors have contacted the management board to inquire into the investment licensing process and land leases for building new factories with large capital. He said one of those potential investors is looking to pour about 200 million USD in a lithium battery production project which would cover 15 hectares in the northwest industrial park of the city. 

Nguyen Van Be, President of the Association of Enterprises of Export Processing and Industrial Zones of Ho Chi Minh City, said the companies are ready to adapt to the new situation by ensuring the pandemic prevention and control measures are in place.

The city's export processing zones and industrial parks are home to 1,652 valid investment projects with a total registered investment capital of 11.49 billion USD, including 556 FDI projects with registered capital of 6.63 billion USD. 

According to HEPZA, enterprises located in the city's EPZs and IPs earn 7 billion USD in export turnover and contribute 32 trillion VND to the State Budget each year./.