2:56:18 PM | 22/1/2007
Ben Tre is one of 13 Mekong delta provinces, which has a total area of 2,322 square kilometres and a population of 1.36 million people. The province’s township is 86 kilometres away from Ho Chi Minh City. It is located near the key southern economic region, which has the most dynamic economy in Vietnam.
In recent years, Ben Tre province has gained an average economic growth rate of 10 per cent. The figure was put at 10.8 per cent for 2006 alone. Its per capita income is around US$500 per annum. Ben Tre has advantages for developing fisheries and gardening economies. Located near main seaports in Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau, Ben Tre has convenient conditions for the transportation of materials, especially waterways. The province can meet demand for water and electricity supply for production activities. In 2007, the construction of the Rach Mieu bridge, linking Ben Tre province with Ho Chi Minh City and other south-eastern localities will be completed, promoting the province’s economic development.
In investment and business activities, Ben Tre province is striving to establish a stable, friendly environment with improved legal procedures and simplified administrative procedures, thus attracting best resources in Vietnam and foreign countries. Ben Tre province has always attached importance to providing support for investors and enterprises as a breakthrough in investment attraction. To create more favourable conditions for investors, Ben Tre province is striving to perfect its infrastructure facilities in industrial parks and complexes. The province now has an industrial park and two industrial complexes. The Giao Long IP, with an area of 98 hectares within a system of national industrial parks, has been ready to receive investors.
Ben Tre province has great potential in agriculture and fisheries, so investors who develop projects in these fields or in infrastructure development or services and tourism, creating products of high value and minimised environmental pollution, will receive support from local authorities within their powers, in particular in land for their production and business activities and worker training. At the same time, potential investors can discuss projects of mutual benefit with the province’s authorities. Procedures will be settled following a ‘one door’ mechanism, with local authorities committed to providing support for enterprises during their project duration.
Local authorities have always been ready to work and help investors or enterprises overcome their difficulties in an open atmosphere.
Cao Tan Khong
Chairman of Ben Tre People’s Committee