VSIP Bac Ninh: Integrated Township and Industrial Complex

1:19:22 PM | 8/6/2011

Lying in the northern key economic zone and adjoining Hanoi, VSIP Bac Ninh has a total area of 700 ha, of which 500 ha is used for developing an advanced industrial complex and 200 ha is for building a commercial and residential zone with trade centres, supermarkets, schools, offices, sporting facilities, housing and other utilities. This will become a model of clean - green - beautiful urban and industrial complexes in Vietnam. and other utilities. This will become a model of clean - green - beautiful urban and industrial complexes in Vietnam.
The initiative of the Vietnam - Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) originated from the desire for cooperation of the Vietnam and Singapore governments initiated by late Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet of Vietnam and former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong of Singapore in 1994. The idea was realised on the first 500 ha in Thuan An district, Binh Duong province called VSIP I in 1996. On the 10th founding anniversary of VSIP I (1996 - 2006), Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong suggested the construction of new VSIPs in other localities in Vietnam to meet the growing demand of investors. Then, VSIP surveyed and worked with authorities of northern provinces. Within a year, VSIP invested new industrial zones in Bac Ninh and Hai Phong.
Sharing Singapore expertise and experience in integrated townships and industrial parks, attracting many world leading investors with Vietnam, the one-stop service for investors to set up was first initiated in VSIP Binh Duong to assist investors to overcome difficulties in undertaking the local policies and approval procedures.
Understanding the success of VSIP Binh Duong, apart from creating one-stop time saving and cost effective service, we pay special attention to environmental issues. Creating an environment in harmony with the surroundings is a distinctive character of VSIP. All companies can build their own sewage systems and plant trees, but the management and maintenance of these is also very important. In VSIP Bac Ninh, all sewage drainage, electricity and telecommunications systems are built in order to ensure absolute safety and capacity. Sidewalks are shaded by green trees in order to generate a sense of comfort for factory workers. “VSIP Bac Ninh has created necessary facilities for a safe, green, clean and beautiful working environment and has, above all, encouraged people to participate in maintaining and operating those public works,” said Henry Chuah.
In addition to building the industrial zone, VSIP Bac Ninh allocated 200 ha of land to build trade centres, supermarkets, offices, service points, green parks, hospitals and gymnasiums to generate a comfortable environment for people working and living there. The park builds villas, apartments, and affordable houses to meet the needs of experts, residents, workers, and all citizens. Housing facilities can accommodate 50,000 people, enough for all workers there and people elsewhere.
The viewpoint of the Management of VSIP Bac Ninh is to develop the project together with community development. Mr Henry Chuah said, “If workers come here to work only for salary, companies will have difficulty keeping them for long. Therefore, we build an industrial and township complex to encourage workers and their families to settle down in the township.”
Although the construction process is not complete, the VSIP Bac Ninh Township and Industrial Complex has attracted more than 30 investors. Recently, the world’s largest mobile phone producer Nokia revealed a plan to build its first mobile phone production plant in Asia-Pacific on an area of 17 ha in VSIP Bac Ninh. Earlier, Pepsico started constructing one of the two largest facilities in Southeast Asia on an area of about 12ha in the park.
Kien Thanh