Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked relevant ministries and agencies and Hanoi authorities to seek every possible way to remove difficulties for the projects on building the Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park and the Hanoi National University.

At a working session with relevant ministries and agencies and Hanoi authorities on August 13, the Government leader confirmed the policy of building several hi-tech areas to serve the application and development of science and technology in efforts to improve productivity and the national economy’s competitiveness.

He said the slow progress of the two projects is partly due to inappropriate allocation of investment resources, adding that the general scale of the two projects will be maintained while detailed planning should be revised to maximize the efficiency of investment and prevent wastefulness.

Pinpointing site clearance and relocation of residents from the site as the biggest problem, PM Dung asked Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam to hold a meeting with the Ministries of Finance and Planning and Investment this month to review and calculate capital resources, with a determination to accomplish this work in the earliest time.

Approved to be set up in 1998, the Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park covers nearly 1,590 ha. It has so far attracted 70 projects with a total investment of more than 56 trillion VND (2.67 billion USD), including those to build FPT university and software park, Viettel hi-tech centre and a national satellite centre.

However, only 70 percent of the park’s total area has been cleared up for construction. The nearby Hanoi National University project is also facing the same problem, with an additional 7 trillion VND (33 million USD) needed to complete site clearance for both projects.-VNA