PORTAL - On the morning of September 08, at the Administration Center of Binh Duong province, Mr. Nguyen Van Loi - Member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Head of the Provincial Delegation of National Assembly Deputies received and worked with a delegation of professors and students from Tokyu Keizai University (Japan) led by Professor Akinori Keki to visit Binh Duong.
PORTAL - On the occasion of the 50th establishing anniversary of Viet Nam - Japan diplomatic relations, on the morning of September 08, Mr. Suzuki Keisuke - Deputy Chairman of the Policy Research Committee of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan and Mr. Sasaki Hajime - Deputy Chairman of the Policy Committee of the Japanese National Assembly visited Binh Duong and paid a courtesy visit to the provincial leaders.
PORTAL - On the morning of September 08, at the Administration Center of Binh Duong province, Mr. Nguyen Van Loi - Member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Head of the Provincial Delegation of National Assembly Deputies received the Delegation of Yamaguchi prefecture (Japan) led by Mr. Muraoka Tsugumasa - Governor of Yamaguchi prefecture who visited Binh Duong on the occasion of "Meet Japan 2023" to celebrate the 50th establishing anniversary of Viet Nam - Japan diplomatic relations.
PORTAL - On the afternoon of September 08, at the Provincial Convention and Exhibition Center, the People's Committee of Binh Duong province in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Yamaguchi Prefecture (Japan) organized the Meet Japan 2023 Program on the occasion of the 50th establishing anniversary of Viet Nam – Japan diplomatic relations (September 21, 1973 - September 21, 2023).
PORTAL - In 1973, Japan and Viet Nam established diplomatic relations. Since then, the friendship and cooperation between the two countries has continuously developed. With many similarities, Binh Duong and Japanese localities are not only strategic economic partners but are increasingly expanding cooperation in socio-cultural fields.
PORTAL - On the morning of September 08, at the Binh Duong Provincial Convention and Exhibition Center, Permanent Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Mai Hung Dung had a meeting with Mr. John Jung - Co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) to discuss the Master planning of Binh Duong province for the 2021-2030 period, vision to 2050.
PORTAL - That is the assessment of Mr. John Jung - Co-founder of the
Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) at the meeting with leaders of Binh Duong
province on inspection results and proposed directions for the future took
place on the afternoon of September 07, in Thu Dau Mot City.
PORTAL - On the morning of September 06, Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi inspected the construction progress of the Bac Tan Uyen - Phu Giao - Bau Bang Road Project.
PORTAL - That was the direction of Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi at a meeting with leaders of departments, committees, branches, districts, towns and cities on the implementation of key transport projects in the province that took place on morning of September 06 in Ben Cat town.
PORTAL - On the afternoon of September 05, within the framework of the visit and working of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) survey team in Binh Duong, Mr. John Jung - ICF co-founder worked with provincial departments and branches on implementation of the ICF criteria.
Also welcoming the delegation were Ms. Truong Thi Bich Hanh - Member of the Provincial Standing Party Committee, Head of Propaganda and Training Commission of Provincial Party Committee; Mr. Nguyen Loc Ha - Member of Provincial Standing Party Committee, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee (PPC) and leaders of departments, committees, branches, mass organizations and universities in the province.
Delegates exchange information
Expressing his joy to welcome the delegation of Japanese professors and students to visit, Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi introduced to the delegation the socio-economic development situation as well as the province's policies and orientations for education and training.
Overview of the meeting
The Provincial Party Secretary emphasized that Binh Duong province is always interested in investing in developing education and training high-quality human resources to meet the province's development requirements in the coming time. In the current context of globalization, student exchanges between countries, including Japan, play a very important role.
The Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee welcomed and supported exchange activities between students of Viet Nam and Japan, helping students of the two countries study and exchange experiences. At the same time, he believed and expected the future of the elite young generation to jointly build and develop the locality and country; raise the country's position in the international market.
Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee Nguyen Van Loi presents a souvenir to Professor Akinori Seki
Professor Akinori Seki thanked Binh Duong provincial leaders for taking the time to welcome the delegation. The professor highly appreciated the role of training high-quality human resources to meet social needs as well as the smart university model; in particular, paying special attention to enterprise connection activities and international cooperation to create a dynamic learning and working environment that keeps up with trends for students and the community. At the same time, he also emphasized the importance of exchange activities between students of Viet Nam and Japan during the past time and the directions in the future.
Provincial leaders present souvenirs to students
Professor Akinori Seki said that, in the context of globalization, to create a generation of excellent students, there needs to be coordination between the two countries to build a better education system; as well as having a coordination mechanism between leaders, educators and good entrepreneurs. In addition, each student also needs to be aware of the importance of promoting exchanges between students of the two countries, thereby sharing and learning experiences and best practices, contributing to society in the future.
Delegates take a souvenir photo
Receiving and working with the delegation were Mr. Nguyen Van Loi - Member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Head of the Provincial Delegation of National Assembly Deputies; Mr. Nguyen Van Danh - Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee (PPC) and leaders of departments, committees and branches.
At the reception, Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi expressed his joy that the relationship between Binh Duong province and Japanese localities in particular and between Viet Nam and Japan in general is in a period of strong, comprehensive and increasingly profound development.
The Secretary said that the Japan-Viet Nam relationship with infinite potential is approaching a period of outstanding development; and hoped that the 50th establishing anniversary of Viet Nam - Japan diplomatic relations will create a foundation for the two countries' relationship to develop even more dramatically in the future, reaching a regional and world level.
Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi receives Mr. Suzuki Keisuke - Deputy Chairman of the Policy Research Committee of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan
The Provincial Party Secretary said that Binh Duong is currently focusing on developing socio-economic infrastructure and community service infrastructure to meet the requirements of sustainable development. The Secretary hoped that in the coming time, Mr. Suzuki Keisuke and Mr. Sasaki Hajime, in their positions and prestige, will give more love to Binh Duong; continue to introduce and promote the image and dynamic and safe investment environment of Binh Duong to Japanese investors, contributing to further deepening the relationship between Binh Duong and Japanese provinces as well as as between Viet Nam and Japan in general.
Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi present a souvenir to Mr. Sasaki Hajime - Deputy Chairman of the Policy Committee of the Japanese National Assembly
Mr. Suzuki Keisuke and Mr. Sasaki Hajime thanked the warm welcome of Binh Duong provincial leaders, and expressed their excitement to participate in the activities in the "Meet Japan 2023" event on the occasion of the 50th establishing anniversary of Viet Nam - Japan diplomatic relations.
Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi present a souvenir to Mr. Suzuki Keisuke - Deputy Chairman of the Policy Research Committee of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan
Mr. Suzuki Keisuke said that the dynamic development of Binh Duong province today is the result of the leadership and direction of the Provincial Party Committee, Provincial People's Council, PPC and the efforts of the entire provincial political system, especially the continuous investment in building and perfecting the infrastructure system to serve socio-economic development. The year 2023 is a memorable milestone, affirming the good and deep relationship of Viet Nam and Japan over the past 50 years. He believed that in the coming time the two countries will continue to clasp hands and unite to grow stronger together.
Also attending the delegation were Mr. Nguyen Minh Vu - Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Ms. Nguyen Truong Nhat Phuong - Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Council; Mr. Nguyen Van Danh - Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee (PPC) and leaders of provincial departments, committees and branches.
At the reception, Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi expressed his pleasure to welcome the delegation of the Governor of Yamaguchi prefecture to visit on the occasion of Binh Duong province organizing many activities in the "Meet Japan 2023" program.
In 2014, Binh Duong province and Yamaguchi prefecture (Japan) signed an Agreement on strengthening the friendly cooperative relationship between the two localities. Since then, the cooperative relationship between the two localities has continuously developed, helping each other in many fields. In addition, Binh Duong is also an attractive destination for Japanese investors. Currently, Japan is ranked 2nd among 65 countries and territories with investment projects in Binh Duong with 351 projects, total capital of nearly 6 billion USD.
Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee Nguyen Van Loi (right) receives Mr. Muraoka Tsugumasa - Governor of Yamaguchi prefecture
The Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee thanked the Governor for his special affection for Binh Duong province as well as for making an important contribution in connecting Japanese investors to invest in Binh Duong.
The Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee hoped that the Governor and Yamaguchi prefecture will continue to accompany and support Binh Duong province in achieving green, smart and sustainable development in the future. The two localities will strengthen development cooperation in areas of strength, especially the fields of health, culture, education and people-to-people exchanges. The Provincial Party Secretary believed that the close relationship between Binh Duong and Yamaguchi will become a model in the cooperative, twinned and diplomatic relationship between Viet Nam and Japan, contributing to promoting stronger and deeper development of relations between the two countries.
Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi presents a souvenir to Mr. Muraoka Tsugumasa - Governor of Yamaguchi prefecture
Thanking Binh Duong province for the thoughtful welcome, the Governor of Yamaguchi prefecture expressed his surprise at the transformation and outstanding development of Binh Duong, especially the infrastructure system. Mr. Muraoka Tsugumasa said that over the past time, enterprises in Yamaguchi prefecture have felt the dynamism of Binh Duong province in socio-economic development and wanted to learn about investment opportunities in the province.
After 50 years of Japan and Viet Nam establishing diplomatic relations, the friendship and cooperation between the two countries has continuously developed comprehensively in many fields such as politics, economics, culture, and sports. Binh Duong province and Yamaguchi prefecture are also sister localities and in recent years, the two sides have strengthened their friendship through exchanging high-level delegations as well as organizing investment promotion seminars to attract investment to Binh Duong province.
In addition, up to now, Eastern International University (EIU) has signed many Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and International Agreements with Yamaguchi University and famous universities in the province to promote cooperation, academic exchange, research and education activities in areas for mutual interest.
The Governor said he will continue to inform enterprises of Yamaguchi province about the potential of Binh Duong province, and at the same time make more efforts to create a bridge between Binh Duong province and Yamaguchi prefecture, creating favorable conditions for the two provinces to cooperate and exchange people.
Delegates take a group photo
* On the same morning, Mr. Vo Van Minh - Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the PPC received Mr. Muraoka Tsugumasa - Governor of Yamaguchi prefecture.
At the meeting, the PPC Chairman Vo Van Minh happily shared that the "Meet Japan 2023" program is an opportunity for Binh Duong province and localities and Japanese partners to evaluate the results of cooperation in the past and the direction of cooperation in the future. At the same time, promoting economic diplomacy activities, attracting foreign direct investment capital as well as widely promoting the image of Binh Duong province and contributing to strengthening the relationship between Binh Duong province and localities, Japanese partner, thereby contributing to promoting the extensive strategic partnership between Viet Nam and Japan.
The PPC Chairman Vo Van Minh (right) receives Mr. Muraoka Tsugumasa - Governor of Yamaguchi prefecture
After many years, Binh Duong province and Yamaguchi prefecture have become twinned and increased exchanges and cooperation have brought about many practical activities and results. On this occasion, the two provincial governments will sign a memorandum of cooperation in the field of nursing, contributing to tightening the relationship between the two localities, creating a stepping stone for socio-economic development, education and training high quality human resources.
The PPC Chairman Vo Van Minh presents a souvenir to Mr. Muraoka Tsugumasa - Governor of Yamaguchi prefecture
Governor of Yamaguchi prefecture Muraoka Tsugumasa said he felt honored to come to Binh Duong to attend the event commemorating the 50th establishing anniversary of Viet Nam - Japan diplomatic relations. He said that Binh Duong province is making great progress and hoped that both localities will increase exchanges, learn from each other's experiences and in the coming time there will be more practical cooperation programs.
Attending were Mr. Yamada Takio - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Viet Nam; Mr. Ono Masuo - Consul General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City; Mr. Nguyen Minh Vu - Alternate Member of the Party Central Committee, Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Nguyen Van Loi - Member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Head of the Binh Duong provincial Delegation of National Assembly deputies; Mr. Vo Van Minh - Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee (PPC); Mr. Nguyen Van Loc - Member of the Provincial Standing Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Council; Vice Chairmen of the Provincial People's Council and PPC; leaders of departments, committees, branches, and organizations of provinces, districts, towns and cities; Japanese enterprises in the province; leader representatives of Tay Ninh, Dong Nai, Long An, Ba Ria - Vung Tau provinces and Ho Chi Minh City.
Delegates attend the Program
On the Japanese partner side, attending were Mr. Muraoka Tsugumasa - Governor of Yamaguchi Prefecture; Mr. Suzuki Keisuke - Vice Chairman of the Policy Research Committee of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP); Mr. Sasaki Hajime - Vice Chairman of the Japanese National Assembly Policy Committee; departments and branches of Yamaguchi prefecture.
Foreign affairs achieve many outstanding results
Speaking at the opening of the Program, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu emphasized that the "Meet Japan 2023" Program in Binh Duong province is a large-scale event in a series of events organized by Vietnamese localities, to make a practical contribution to the celebration of the 50th establishing anniversary of Viet Nam - Japan diplomatic relations. This is also an important opportunity for localities and investors of the two countries to evaluate and promote the achievements of cooperation, thereby continuing to promote economic diplomacy, enhance common understanding and strengthening the extensive strategic partnership between the two countries.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu speaks at the Program
The Deputy Minister highly appreciated the economic diplomacy and international integration work of Binh Duong province. Investment and trade promotion activities with international partners are a highlight of the whole country. The dynamism and creativity of Binh Duong province in organizing the Program with diverse activities and side events, contributes to consolidating and strengthening the extensive friendship and cooperation between Binh Duong province and Japanese partners. The Deputy Minister hoped that the two sides will continue to exploit and realize the potential for cooperation with specific projects, bringing practical benefits, creating more room for new development cooperation between Binh Duong province and Japanese partners.
At the Program, on behalf of the provincial leaders, the PPC Chairman Vo Van Minh informed about the socio-economic situation and outstanding results in the province's foreign affairs. The PPC Chairman said that in the first 6 months of 2023, the province's socio-economic situation continued to achieve positive results in all fields. The index of industrial production is estimated to increase by 2.1% over the same period; export turnover is estimated at 15.1 billion USD; import turnover is estimated at 10.7 billion USD. Binh Duong is currently a province with strong industrial development with 29 industrial parks; is Viet Nam's second-ranked province in attracting foreign investment capital (after Ho Chi Minh City) with nearly 4,150 projects from 65 countries and territories, total investment capital of more than 40 billion USD. Among them, there are many large investment projects of famous corporations in the world that have invested in Binh Duong such as: Tokyu, Aeon, Mitsubishi (Japan), Lego, Pandora (Denmark), Procter & Gamble (USA), Kumho (Korea), Mapletree (Singapore), etc. Currently, Japan is the second largest investor in Binh Duong province with 350 projects and a total investment capital of 5.9 billion USD.
The Chairman of Binh Duong PPC Vo Van Minh speaks at the Program
Along with promoting economic diplomacy activities, Binh Duong always actively expands bilateral and multilateral cooperation with foreign localities and international organizations. Up to now, Binh Duong province has established bilateral cooperative relationships with 13 foreign localities; of which, there were 09 years of establishing friendly cooperative relations with Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.
Regarding multilateral cooperation, Binh Duong is an official member and a reliable partner of 03 international organizations, including: Intelligence Community Forum (ICF), Horasis Asia Meeting and World Trade Centers Association (WTCA); In particular, Binh Duong has been honored by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) to be in the TOP7 - one of 07 communities with a typical Smart Development Strategy in the World for 3 consecutive years 2021-2023.
The PPC Chairman Vo Van Minh thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Japanese Embassy in Viet Nam, the Japanese Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, Japanese associations and enterprises in Viet Nam and in Binh Duong province, the Japanese enterprise community of Binh Duong province that have coordinated and provided valuable support to Binh Duong province during the past time. Binh Duong provincial authorities at all levels are always committed to creating favorable conditions for the enterprise community in general and the Japanese enterprise community in particular to conduct production, business and commercial activities, etc. in the most favorable conditions. Binh Duong hopes to continue to receive the support and cooperation of the Japanese community to contribute to the overall socio-economic development of the province.
Mr. Muraoka Tsugumasa - Governor of Yamaguchi prefecture speaks at the Program
Speaking at the Program, Mr. Muraoka Tsugumasa - Governor of Yamaguchi Prefecture emphasized that over the past time, the friendly cooperative relationship between Binh Duong province and Yamaguchi prefecture has achieved outstanding results and has been increasingly strengthened. The Governor believed that in the coming time, the two localities will continue to have working visits and promote cooperation in the fields of health, education, culture and society, especially in the innovation and smart city construction. He also wished that the cooperative relationship between Binh Duong and Yamaguchi would constantly be strengthened, nurtured and continue to achieve more success, contributing to tightening the friendship between the two countries over the past 50 years.
Strengthen cooperation and investment
On this occasion, Binh Duong PPC awarded Investment Certificates and Construction Licenses to 04 Japanese enterprises. Specifically, awarding the Construction Investment Certificate for the AEON General Merchandise Store and Supermarket project - Binh Duong New City in 2023 with a total investment capital of 5.1 million USD to AEON Viet Nam Co., Ltd. (100% Japanese investment capital). Awarding the Investment Certificate to build a branch factory of SKM Viet Nam Co., Ltd. with a total investment of 10 million USD to SKM Viet Nam Co., Ltd. (100% Japanese investment capital). The company specializes in manufacturing machinery and equipment components and providing quality Japanese products in Viet Nam.
Binh Duong provincial leaders award Investment Certificates and Construction Licenses to Japanese enterprises
Awarding the factory construction license for phase 6 with a total investment of more than 113 million USD by NITTO DENKO Co., Ltd. The company specializes in manufacturing and processing flexible printed circuit (FPC) products, precision electronic materials, electrical materials, and semiconductor-related products; all kinds of optical components; manufacturing and processing integrated circuit (CIS) products. Awarding the License to build factories and auxiliary works of YUWA Viet Nam Co., Ltd. (phase 5) with a total investment capital of 40 million USD. The company specializes in manufacturing connector components, relay components, switch components, automotive components, medical equipment components, other types of components, molds, machinery, equipment used for production, other types of components used in electronic equipment, medical equipment and instruments.
Leaders of Binh Duong province and Yamaguchi prefecture signs a cooperation agreement in nursing
The People's Committee of Binh Duong province and Yamaguchi prefecture also signed a cooperation agreement in the field of nursing. According to the signing content, the Binh Duong PPC and related units will coordinate in sending international students who wish to learn nursing skills at nursing training facilities and work at nursing facilities in Yamaguchi prefecture. The Yamaguchi prefecture Government will coordinate with relevant units to support and create conditions for international students from Binh Duong province to learn nursing skills at nursing training facilities and work at nursing facilities in Yamaguchi prefecture.
Leaders of Becamex IDC Corp and Japan's Aeon Group sign a Memorandum of Cooperation in the trade and service development
Becamex IDC Corp and Japan's Aeon Group signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of trade and service development. Becamex Tokyu Co., Ltd. also announced the SORA Gardens III luxury apartment project under the TOKYU Garden City project in Binh Duong New City.
Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi (left) presents a flower stand to the Provincial Party Committee, People's Council, People's Committee, and Viet Nam Fatherland Front Committee to congratulate Becamex Tokyu Co., Ltd.
Attractive destination for Japanese enterprises
According to statistics, there are currently about 340 Japanese enterprises investing in Binh Duong with a total investment capital of more than 5.8 billion USD; Japan currently ranks second among 65 countries and territories with foreign direct investment in Binh Duong. The main investment fields are the production of electronic components, electronic circuits and chips, automobile assembly, iron and steel, supporting industries and commercial services, etc. According to records, most Japanese companies and transnational corporations have investment projects in Binh Duong. For example: Panasonic Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, Foster Electric Corp., Tokyu Corporation, Fujikura Company, Aeon Mall Viet Nam Co., Ltd, etc. Recently, Japanese investors are continuing to pour capital heavily into infrastructure development, urban areas, trade and services, etc. These projects have been contributing to promoting the socio-economic development of Binh Duong.
Along with the wave of new Japanese enterprises investing in Binh Duong province, many Japanese enterprises operating in industrial parks in the province have increased capital to expand production and business. This shows that investors from Japan feel secure and confident when investing in production and business in Binh Duong, and is also proof of their effective operations.
Japan currently ranks second among 65 countries and territories with foreign direct investment in Binh Duong. Photo: Workers of Takako Co., Ltd. (VSIP I Industrial Park) operate the production line
Looking for reasons to attract increasing investment from Japan to Binh Duong, reporters from the Provincial Portal contacted and listened to comments and assessments from insiders.
Mr. Mizushima Kozo - Chairman of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCH) assessed that thanks to the constantly improving business investment environment, Binh Duong is considered the top choice for Japanese enterprises when looking for investment opportunities in Viet Nam. At the same time, Japanese enterprises investing and doing business in Binh Duong always receive the attention of local leaders and the creation of the best conditions for development.
Leaders of Binh Duong province visit and work with Takako Viet Nam Co., Ltd
Mr. Takahashi Kazuo - General Director of Tokyu Corporation said that Tokyu Corporation is currently one of Japan's largest and oldest economic corporations, operating in many fields such as railways, transportation, retail systems, culture, education, etc.; among them, the most prominent is the field of urban development. The establishment of Becamex Tokyu Co., Ltd. (BECAMEX TOKYU) in March 2012 - a joint venture between Tokyu Corporation and Becamex IDC Corp affirms Tokyu Corporation's confidence in Binh Duong's investment environment. Accordingly, the Tokyu Urban Area project of Becamex Tokyu Co., Ltd. has a total registered investment capital of 1.2 billion USD, developing and trading real estate including commercial centers, services, housing, entertainment services, etc. at the Binh Duong Industrial, Service and Urban Complex with projects that have completed investment in construction works such as: Sora Gardens 1 & 2 Apartments; The View Apartment; Hakura Residential Area; Hikari commercial area (phase 1), etc. is working effectively in Binh Duong. In 2023, the Corporation will build and inaugurate the Sora Gardens Shopping Center project; Hikari commercial area (phase 2); Sora Gardens 3 Apartment; Sora Gardens Park, etc.
Tokyu Corporation develops Sora Gardens Apartment system in Binh Duong New City
According to the Department of Planning and Investment, on average each project of Japanese enterprises investing in Binh Duong has capital of over 20 million USD. This is the highest average number among countries investing in Binh Duong today. This shows that efforts in improving the investment environment, completing infrastructure upgrades, promoting administrative procedure reform, etc. of Binh Duong province have brought positive results.
Cooperation is increasingly deepening
Over the past years, the cooperative relationship between Binh Duong province and Japanese localities has continuously developed strongly, extensively and effectively. Among them is the friendly cooperation between Binh Duong province and Yamaguchi prefecture in December 2014. Implementing the Memorandum of Cooperation, leaders of Binh Duong province and Yamaguchi prefecture organized delegations to visit and work in the two localities. High-level working visits and meetings have deepened the cooperative relationship between Binh Duong province and Japanese partners. Binh Duong province's leaders welcomed and worked with many Japanese working groups and investment promotion organizations to survey and find investment cooperation opportunities.
Binh Duong province and Yamaguchi prefecture sign a memorandum of cooperation
Typically, in November 2022, the Yamaguchi prefecture's high-level leader delegation led by Mr. Muraoka Tsugumasa - Governor of Yamaguchi prefecture visited and worked in Binh Duong province. During the meeting and working session with leaders of Binh Duong province, the Governor of Yamaguchi prefecture said that since establishing friendly cooperative relations in 2014, Binh Duong province and Yamaguchi prefecture have actively implemented high-level delegation exchange activities; coordinated to organize investment promotion conferences and seminars to attract investment to Binh Duong province; implemented many cooperation programs in the fields of education, health, sports and many other exchange activities, etc. Thereby, positively contributing to the socio-economic development process of the two localities; contributing to tightening the friendly relationship between Viet Nam and Japan in general, Binh Duong province and Yamaguchi prefecture in particular. Although in the context of the complicated Covid-19 pandemic, the two localities still maintain cooperative relationships online, trying to help each other overcome the pandemic.
Yamaguchi prefecture's high-level leader delegation led by Mr. Muraoka Tsugumasa - Governor of Yamaguchi prefecture visits and works in Binh Duong province
At the same time, Binh Duong also organized a high-level delegation to deploy investment promotion activities in Yamaguchi prefecture and Ishikawa prefecture, connect investment with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Tokyu Corporation, NTT East Corporation and companies in Japan in the fields of trade, investment cooperation, ODA aid and other economic cooperation.
On the occasion of the 50th establishing anniversary of Viet Nam – Japan diplomatic relations, last June 2023, the delegation of Binh Duong province led by Mr. Nguyen Van Loi - Member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Head of the Binh Duong provincial Delegation of National Assembly Deputies visited and worked with leaders of Yamaguchi prefecture and Ishikawa prefecture. Speaking at the meeting with Yamaguchi prefecture, the Secretary believed that Binh Duong province and Yamaguchi prefecture would continue to promote cooperative activities and tighten the friendship between the two local governments, between the two elected bodies as well as strengthening cooperation activities in economics, culture, medical education between enterprises and units of the two localities, contributing to deepening the friendly cooperative relationship between Binh Duong province and Yamaguchi prefecture in particular and the good cooperative relationship between Viet Nam and Japan in general.
The delegation of Binh Duong province led by Mr. Nguyen Van Loi - Member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Head of the Provincial Delegation of National Assembly Deputies visits and works with Yamaguchi prefecture leaders
At the visit and working session with the leaders of Ishikawa prefecture, the Provincial Party Secretary believed that this was an opportunity for the two sides to discuss establishing a friendly cooperative relationship and developing together in the coming time.
Binh Duong provincial leader delegation led by Mr. Nguyen Van Loi - Member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Head of the Provincial Delegation of National Assembly Deputies visits and works with Ishikawa prefecture leaders
On behalf of Binh Duong provincial leaders, the Secretary affirmed that Binh Duong wished to continue to strengthen extensive cooperation with Yamaguchi prefecture and Ishikawa prefecture in fields such as science and technology, human resource exchange, high-tech agriculture, cooperation in education and training, health, sports, etc. contributing to economic development - society of the two localities.
Also in July 2023, in Hanoi, JICA represented the Japanese Government to sign a commitment to sponsor ODA capital to implement the project "Improving public transport infrastructure in Binh Duong" with a total capital of about 6,244 billion Yen, equivalent to 1,093 billion VND.
In addition, strategic cooperation between VNTT Company - a member of Becamex IDC and NTT Data - a member of NTT East Group, with smart city and smart industrial park application solutions will help enterprises transform smart manufacturing factories.
VNTT Company - a member of Becamex IDC Corp and NTT Data - a member of NTT East Group sign a cooperation agreement to build a smart industrial park in Binh Duong
Not only focusing on economic cooperation, Japan's footprint in Binh Duong is increasingly diverse and vibrant, many cultural exchange activities between Japan and Binh Duong have shown the beauty and cultural identity of Japan - Binh Duong. Through architecture, cuisine, art, cultural festivals, etc. the people of Viet Nam and Japan have gained more understanding, sharing and connection, cultivating increasingly strong friendship and cooperation between Binh Duong and Japanese partners.
Mr. Yamada Takio - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Viet Nam said: "I am very happy because through cultural and sports exchange activities, a "heart to heart" connection is gradually forming between Binh Duong province and Japanese localities. 2023 marks the 50th establishing anniversary of Viet Nam - Japan diplomatic relations, I hope to be able to organize many different events in provinces and cities across Viet Nam. Heart-to-heart understanding is one of the contents of this anniversary project that we attach great importance to, and this will be an extremely important year for Japan and Viet Nam to progress towards the future and contribute to the international community as close, equal partners."
The Binh Duong provincial leaders always respect and appreciate the friendly cooperative relationship between Binh Duong province and Yamaguchi prefecture, Japan. Photo: The PPC Chairman Vo Van Minh (3rd from the right) talks with Yamaguchi prefecture leaders
The PPC Chairman Vo Van Minh affirmed that Japan has become one of the most important and reliable partners in many fields of Binh Duong province. The results achieved in the good cooperative relationship between Binh Duong province and Japanese partners in recent years have made an important contribution to the province's socio-economic development and will constantly be nurtured and increasingly developed for the common good.
The year 2023 marks 50 years of establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries. Celebration activities have been taking place vibrantly in localities in Viet Nam and Japan, including Binh Duong province. Looking back over the past 50 years, the friendship and cooperation between Viet Nam and Japan is at its best stage, developing strongly and comprehensively in all fields. The good results stem from the goodwill and political determination of the two countries' high-level leaders, with the foundation of the increasingly profound understanding between the people of Viet Nam and Japan.
Attending were leaders of provincial departments, committees and branches.
At the meeting, representatives of the Department of Planning and Investment and the consulting unit presented the purpose, meaning and some basic contents of Binh Duong province's planning for the 2021-2030 period, with a vision to 2050. In particular, the approach, bottlenecks and challenges in terms of growth model, transport infrastructure, environment, etc. are outlined. However, Binh Duong has advantages such as being located in the central area of Ho Chi Minh City, having industrial and urban infrastructure, and good land fund; the government accompanying enterprises with dynamism and innovation. Therefore, the province aims for green and sustainable growth, striving to become a modern urban, industrial and service area of regional and international stature by 2050.
To achieve that goal, the province proposed 6 strategies for development including: Deploying pioneering breakthrough actions; foreign relations to enhance Binh Duong's position; developing urban space and infrastructure; developing in depth and new models of economic, cultural and social development; space and infrastructure; protecting the ecological environment, etc. The province applies the TOD model to create a foundation for developing public transport infrastructure, associated with urban development; Southern urban redevelopment, development of the North - South economic corridor and ecological corridor along the Saigon and Dong Nai rivers.
Representative of the consulting unit presents the draft Master planning of Binh Duong province for the 2021-2030 period, vision to 2050
Mr. John Jung - ICF Co-founder highly appreciated Binh Duong province's planning for the 2021-2030 period, with a vision to 2050. The planning has taken further steps, exploiting the potential and strengths of the locality, associated with the orientation of building a smart city. Besides, the planning has also contributed to clearly shaping the new development step of Binh Duong, along with the 6 criteria given by ICF. The ICF representative also commented on some contents of the planning such as: Necessary to assess the social impact of relocating manufacturing plants to industrial parks and clusters, resettlement, ensuring support services in new areas; having plans to flexibly respond to challenges such as pandemic, environmental changes, and climate change. Mr. John Jung also mentioned the planning orientation for the waterway transportation system and river tourism development; building social housing for workers; developing high-tech forms of transportation (such as self-driving cars, etc.).
Mr. John Jung – ICF Co-founder speaks at the meeting
Speaking at the meeting, Permanent Vice Chairman of the PPC Mai Hung Dung said that provincial planning is the overall content that guides the province's development in the coming period associated with smart community development, but must ensure feasibility. The delegates' comments will be recorded and adjusted by the province and the consulting unit to soon have the best quality planning as a basis for implementing State management, suitable for the new development stage.
PORTAL - That is the assessment of Mr. John Jung - Co-founder of the
Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) at the meeting with leaders of Binh Duong
province on inspection results and proposed directions for the future took
place on the afternoon of September 07, in Thu Dau Mot City.
Welcoming and working with the ICF delegation were Mr. Nguyen Hoang Thao - Permanent Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee; Mr. Mai Hung Dung - Member of Provincial Standing Party Committee, Permanent Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee (PPC); Mr. Nguyen Van Hung - Board of Directors' Chairman of Becamex IDC Corp and leaders of provincial departments, committees and branches.
Speaking at the meeting, Mr. John Jung thanked Binh Duong province for inviting him to visit, survey project programs and evaluate the province's specific activities in building a Smart City. After more than 2 working days in Binh Duong, he expressed his impression of the changes in infrastructure and economic development, especially the province's orientation to convert from traditional industry to high value-added, advanced, and environmentally friendly industry.
Mr. John Jung also appreciated putting people at the center of development, giving priority to serving people and the community in building Binh Duong Smart City. Among them, the investment in building social housing in Binh Duong is a project that he was very impressed with and he hoped that the province will build and develop more projects so that workers can live and work stably and long-term in Binh Duong.
Mr. John Jung - ICF Co-founder speaks at the meeting
From the ICF's perspective, he assessed that Binh Duong is on the right track; focusing on innovation, converting to modern industry with high added value, investing in infrastructure, social housing, education, etc. is the direction for smart, sustainable development. He believed that the initial specific results in building a Smart City and the province's current investment will bring even more impressive results in the upcoming period.
Regarding the future direction, according to Mr. John Jung, in the master plan, the province needs to pay attention to the transportation system towards the TOD model; create space for people to live, increase green space to make Binh Duong a place worth living, a place to attract and retain talent. He highly appreciated and said that Binh Duong has applied the "Triple helix" cooperation model well, but needs to continue to do better, especially increase community participation in government decisions.
Another factor, according to Mr. John Jung, Binh Duong needs to continue investing in building its image, brand and widely promoting so that the world knows about Binh Duong. With his position at ICF, Mr. John Jung hoped to be an active participant in telling Binh Duong's story to the world.
Mr. Mai Hung Dung – Permanent Vice Chairman of the PPC speaks at the meeting
Speaking at the meeting, on behalf of the provincial leaders, Mr. Mai Hung Dung - Permanent Vice Chairman of the PPC said that Binh Duong is very honored to participate in ICF. Through participating in ICF, Binh Duong learns a lot about the province's development process; at the same time, this is also an opportunity for Binh Duong to introduce and promote its image to 200 localities of many countries around the world that are ICF's members. He thanked Mr. John Jung for taking the time to come to Binh Duong to see firsthand the province's changes and expressed his honor when Mr. John Jung shared Binh Duong's story with the world. Binh Duong provincial leaders will participate in the TOP 1 ICF evaluation event taking place next October in New York, USA.
According to the report, the Bac Tan Uyen - Phu Giao - Bau Bang Road Project has a length of nearly 48 kilometers, with a total investment cost of more than 3,800 billion VND, passing through the districts of Bac Tan Uyen, Phu Giao, and Bau Bang. In particular, the Road Construction Project from Tan Thanh to Tam Lap Bridge is invested by the People's Committee of Bac Tan Uyen District (length about 9.32 kilometers). Up to now, the project has been basically completed, the investor is implementing procedures to carry out acceptance and put the project into use.
Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi listens to Phu Giao district leaders report on project construction schedule
Road Construction Project from Tam Lap Bridge to Dong Phu is invested by Phu Giao District People's Committee (length about 12.15 kilometers). To date, construction schedule has reached about 44.7%. According to the contract, it is expected to be completed in April 2024. Road Construction Project from Tam Lap Junction to Bau Bang is invested by Phu Giao District People's Committee (length about 17.79 kilometers). Construction schedule to date has reached about 76.8%, on schedule set out. About 92.1% of the site has been handed over.
The Tan Long - Lai Uyen road construction project invested by the People's Committee of Bau Bang district (length about 8.65 kilometers) has completed over 90% of phase 1, the district is implementing phase 2.
This is one of the projects considered important in creating motivation for the development of the Southeast Region in general. Once completed and put into use, the project will shorten travel time and reduce the cost of transporting goods to important traffic hubs in Dong Nai province, Ba Ria - Vung Tau and Ho Chi Minh City, creating momentum for the development of Binh Duong province and the 3 districts where the road passes through.
The project implementation is facing difficulties in the section through Phu Giao district due to site clearance
However, project implementation is facing difficulties in the section through Phu Giao district due to site clearance (length of about 1,800 meters), 53 medium and low voltage electric poles and 01 high voltage electric pole, 1,170 meters of clean water pipes running along both sides of the road have not been relocated.
Faced with the above situation, the construction unit recommended that the investor urgently relocate the electricity and clean water systems and hand over the construction site according to regulations.
Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi speaks at the inspection
Through the opinions of the units, Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi requested Phu Giao district to coordinate closely with relevant parties to promptly remove difficulties and obstacles and speed up schedule to put the road into use to promote the effectiveness of the project. The construction unit needs to mobilize maximum forces and means to shorten construction time but must ensure project quality and urgently complete the project by the end of 2023. Phu Giao district must mobilize people to agree to hand over the remaining land to the construction unit to implement the project; at the same time, research to maximize the use of policies to benefit the people. Regarding resettlement, the district needs to consider suitable locations to arrange resettlement for people. Speeding up the relocation of electricity and water systems on the road to keep construction on schedule.
Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi discusses with the project construction unit
Deploy projects that encounter difficulties and problems
Reporting on the deployment status of key transport projects in the province, Mr. Nguyen Huu Tuan - Deputy Director of the Department of Transport said that Ring Road No.3 - Ho Chi Minh City (phase 1) includes 04 bidding packages, of which construction of Package No. 2 has begun (Binh Chuan intersection); Package No. 4 (Binh Goi Bridge), contractors have been selected and construction broke ground on August 26, 2023; Package No. 3 (from Binh Chuan intersection to Saigon River) is expected to deploy contractor selection in September 2023; Package No. 1 (Tan Van intersection) is expected to hold bidding and strive to break ground in September - October 2023. Localities have carried out site clearance with a total paid amount of 2,643.488 billion VND/total approved amount of 3,957.899 billion VND, reaching 66.79%.
The project of Ho Chi Minh City's Ring Road No. 4 (phase 1) and Ho Chi Minh City - Chon Thanh Expressway are progressing as planned.
For the National Highway 13 upgrading and expansion project, section from Le Hong Phong to Tu Do, about 85.3% of the site has been handed over. The section from Tu Do to Ong Bo bridge has handed over about 21.8%. The section from Ong Bo bridge to Vinh Binh bridge has been handed over about 3.5%. Currently, the People's Committee of Thuan An City and Thu Dau Mot City is increasing human resources and speeding up site clearance to hand over the construction site.
Mr. Nguyen Huu Tuan - Deputy Director of the Department of Transport reports on the deployment status of key transport projects in the province
DT.746 road upgrading and expansion project, section from Tan Thanh intersection to Hoi Nghia three-way intersection, currently, with the assigned site, the construction unit is implementing the construction of red gravel roadbed, retaining walls, crushed aggregate road surface, and drainage system along the road. For the section through Bac Tan Uyen district, site clearance payment was made with the amount of 273.861 billion VND, 182 documents/291.045 billion VND, 199 documents (reaching 94%). The section passing through Tan Uyen city has made payments of 261.2 billion VND with 238 documents (reaching 67%).
The Provincial Traffic Works Construction Investment Project Management Board has approved the survey and design task outline. It is expected that in early September 2023, the Board will submit to the Provincial Appraisal Council the plan and capital source for relocating the power system.
The Saigon River road project, section from Bay Tra canal to Ba Lua river, is about 2.2 kilometers long in Thu Dau Mot City. Currently, the City People's Committee has completed the proposal report and submitted it to the Department of Planning and Investment for appraisal. The section from Gia Long street to Vinh Phu 40 street is about 1.84 kilometers long, the section from Binh Nham canal to the border with An Son port is about 2.23 kilometers long. Thuan An City People's Committee is preparing and adjusting the report proposing investment policies with an appropriate scale according to the approved general city planning. The section from Ba Lua canal to An Son Port is about 3 kilometers long. The Provincial Traffic Works Construction Investment Project Management Board is preparing a report proposing project investment policies.
The National Highway 13 upgrading and expansion project still faces difficulties in construction because the electrical system has not been relocated
The Dong Nai river crossing bridge construction project (Bach Dang 2 bridge) has paid for site clearance of the road leading to Bach Dang 2 bridge (Binh Duong side) with the amount of 88 billion VND/224,718 billion VND (reaching 39%), Tan Uyen City continues to prepare compensation, support and resettlement plans, pay compensation and hand over construction sites in September 2023. The Dong Nai river crossing bridge construction project has been constructing bored pile foundations, bridge piers and abutments, river bank embankments, preparing soil embankment for the bridgehead road, the implementation volume is about 40% compared to the contract. Payment has been made in the amount of 17.4 billion VND/40.3 billion VND (reaching 43%). It is expected to continue handing over the site in September 2023; Dong Nai side has handed over the site.
For the An Tay River Port construction project, a notice of contractor selection has been posted according to regulations. However, until now the posting time has expired but no investor has submitted an application to register interest in implementing the project.
The Phuoc Kien five-way intersection project has had its investment policy approved. The staking work for site clearance has been completed at 100%, the consulting unit is completing the valuation certificate, expected to submit to the Appraisal Council for approval in September 2023.
At the meeting, leader representatives of departments, committees, branches, districts, and towns presented the main difficulties and problems related to compensation for site clearance and relocation of the power grid during project implementation.
Focus on solutions
Discussing solutions to remove difficulties and obstacles in implementing key transport projects, Mr. Nguyen Huu Tuan - Deputy Director of the Department of Transport proposed that the Provincial Traffic Works Construction Investment Project Management Board urgently study the investment plan for the 15.3 kilometer section (from Binh Chuan intersection to Tan Van) under the Ring Road No.3 project. Tan Uyen City People's Committee accelerates site clearance to soon have a construction site for the bridgehead road and M1 abutment for the Bach Dang 2 bridge project. It is recommended that the Department of Planning and Investment consider and make a preliminary assessment of the capacity and experience of investors who submit registration documents to implement the An Tay River Port construction project; report and propose to the PPC according to regulations. For Phuoc Kien five-way intersection, Becamex IDC Corp is requested to coordinate with relevant departments and branches to urgently complete documents and legal procedures for the overpass item to soon begin construction to resolve traffic congestion and complete the project according to the Resolution of the Provincial Party Committee.
Mr. Tran Hung Viet - Director of the Provincial Traffic Works Construction Investment Project Management Board proposes solutions to remove difficulties in implementing projects
Regarding Ring Road No.3 and Ring Road No.4, Mr. Tran Hung Viet - Director of the Provincial Traffic Works Construction Investment Project Management Board said that the Ring Road No.3 Project is stuck at the Tan Van intersection related to the railway; site handover for implementation of package No. 3 is still low, and requested Thuan An and Di An City to soon direct and focus on applying prices to disburse site clearance funds as committed to the Government by December 31, 2023, to hand over 100% of the site to the construction unit. For Ring Road No.4, the implementation schedule compared to the province's plan is slow because the compensation plan has not been approved. It is requested that the Department of Transport determine the land clearance boundaries for the Board to announce to the people.
Mr. Trinh Hoang Tuan Anh - Deputy Director of the Department of Planning and Investment reports on the deployment status of contractor selection to build the An Tay River Port project
Regarding the An Tay River Port project, Mr. Trinh Hoang Tuan Anh - Deputy Director of the Department of Planning and Investment said that to increase the attractiveness and feasibility of the project, the Department has coordinated with Becamex IDC to review, research and advise on expanding the project scale to ensure resettlement area when implementing the project. For the Ring Road No.4 project, there are still difficulties in determining site clearance costs because currently there are only construction cost norms and no guidance on site clearance cost norms from the Central Government, the Department has reported to the PPC to establish an Appraisal Council to remove difficulties and obstacles. The Department also tries to balance capital sources for the DT.746 road upgrading and expansion project when this project increases its capital to 3,900 billion VND.
Mr. Nguyen Thanh Tam - Chairman of Thuan An City People's Committee reports difficulties and obstacles when implementing the National Highway 13 upgrading and expansion project
For projects in Thuan An city, Chairman of the City People's Committee Nguyen Thanh Tam said that Thuan An City aims to complete site clearance from Le Hong Phong street to Ong Bo bridge under the National Highway 13 upgrading and expansion project by the end of September 2023. However, the city's current difficulty is arranging resettlement for 36 households that are completely cleared. Mr. Tam also assessed that during the past time, the city's investment capital disbursement volume has been slow, causing difficulties in implementing key projects. Besides, the project also faces difficulties in relocating the power grid system. For Ring Road No.3, the city will carry out site clearance for the necessary section first, striving to hand over 100% of the construction site by the end of 2023; the city also faces difficulties in arranging resettlement for affected people.
Through opinions of departments, branches and localities, Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi emphasized the meaning and importance of these projects; At the same time, he praised the efforts and try to overcome many difficulties to implement the project on schedule set by all levels, branches and localities. The Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee said that the biggest difficulty facing implemented transport infrastructure projects is compensation and site clearance due to people's complaints about land prices and assets on land. In addition, the relocation of electricity, water supply and drainage systems, and telecommunications of many key transport projects is still slow, so there is no construction site. The Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee requested all levels, branches, localities and relevant units to be highly focused, with many solutions to more drastically implement compensation and site clearance in projects of National Highway 13 upgrading and expansion, DT.746 Road, and Ring Road No.3.
Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi speaks to conclude the meeting
In addition, all levels, branches and localities need to strengthen coordination, ensure early completion of legal procedures for projects and implementation of compensation and site clearance. In September 2023, the Department of Finance must submit to the PPC to amend Decision 09 on supporting the relocation of assets and crops on land in a more specific and clear direction for branches and localities to implement to ensure consistency and compliance with the law. For some localities facing difficulties in resettlement land funds, the Provincial Party Secretary requested early approval and acceleration of resettlement areas and the province will assign Becamex IDC to use available land funds in residential and resettlement areas to grant cases of complete clearance. In addition, localities conduct a review, if there are special cases of site clearance, branches and localities must submit to the leaders of the Provincial Party Committee and PPC appropriate policies and solutions to support people in resettlement with the view of having an equal and better life, not leaving people confused and worried. Regarding capital sources, it is recommended that the Department of Planning and Investment and the Department of Finance allocate enough capital and flexibly adjust capital in key projects, avoiding excess or shortage as currently, focus on prioritizing capital for site clearance compensation, especially the Bach Dang 2 bridge project and the DT.746 road upgrading and expansion project. Regarding bidding, selecting contractors must ensure compliance with legal regulations, but must choose contractors with professional and financial capacity to participate, must not let contractors with weak capacity do the construction, which will affect the schedule and quality of the works.
Receiving the delegation were Mr. Nguyen Viet Long - Director of Department of Science and Technology, Deputy Head of Binh Duong Smart City Executive Board; Mr. Le Tuan Anh - Director of the Department of Information and Communications, member of the Binh Duong Smart City Executive Board; Mr. Joost Helms - Member of Binh Duong Smart City Executive Board.
The delegation visited the Provincial Public Administration Center and collected information about the implementation of administrative procedures and the process of volunteers guiding people to look up information and carry out administrative procedures. At the same time, surveying to get an overall view of the Provincial Intelligent Operation Center (IOC) - a place that collects information and data sources of ministries, branches and localities in all fields, helping leaders at all levels in their supervision, direction and administration.
The ICF survey team visits the Provincial Public Administration Center and the Provincial Intelligent Operation Center
Reporting to the ICF Survey Team, Mr. Le Tuan Anh - Director of the Department of Information and Communications introduced the implementation of broadband; digital transformation and connectivity projects; training program of human resources ready to serve for digital transformation and building of Digital Government. For the include factor (equal digital access) promotion, the province established community digital technology groups in community and hamlets to understand the encounted problems and guide people, especially the elderly, women, and vulnerable people to access technology and digital technology. People also approaches rapidly related information via the Provincial Portal, social networks, etc.
Overview of the meeting with the ICF Survey Team
Speaking at the meeting, Mr. John Jung expressed his impression of the information shared by Binh Duong. He emphasized, Binh Duong not only implements criterias set forth by the ICF, the province also combines its specific cultural elements to these criterias. These are the plus points of Binh Duong in the process of building a Smart City.
In the next 2 days, the Team will continue to work with agencies and units of the province to evaluate the implementation of 06 ICF's criteria.
PORTAL - On the afternoon of September 05, at the Provincial Convention and Exhibition Center, Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi chaired a working session with the survey team of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) led by Mr. John Jung - ICF Co-founder as Team leader to survey the implementation of Binh Duong Smart City construction and evaluate TOP 1 ICF in 2023.
Also receiving were Mr. Nguyen Hoang Thao - Permanent Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee; Mr. Mai Hung Dung - Permanent Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee (PPC); Mr. Nguyen Van Hung - Board of Directors' Chairman of Becamex IDC Corp and leaders of departments, committees and branches.
Welcoming the ICF leadership team to visit and work in Binh Duong, Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi emphasized that since joining ICF, Binh Duong has been greatly inspired in the direction of building a Smart City, especially the goal of building a Smart City to serve people's lives, serve the community, and provide maximum support to disadvantaged groups. Regarding the environment, the province strives to ensure a green, sustainable, clean and beautiful environment, Binh Duong is a place worth living. Many projects on environmental treatment of dust, wastewater and garbage have been implemented by the province. In education, building smart and happy schools, so that "every day going to school is a happy day". In the field of health, the province develops smart health care, bringing health policies to workers and disadvantaged people. In neighborhoods and hamlets in the province, community digital technology groups have also been established to grasp difficulties and problems and guide people in carrying out online administrative procedures, etc. In planning, the province prioritizes land funds for education, health care, and community service space; strives to achieve the goal of 10 square meters of greenery per person.
Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi speaks at the reception
The Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee acknowledged and gratefully thanked the ICF's orientations and criteria in building a Smart City for inspiring and motivating Binh Duong to achieve initial results in building a Smart City.
Mr. John Jung - ICF Co-founder highly appreciated the remarkable changes and development of Binh Duong during the past time. He said that the initial results in the implementation of the Smart City Project have created a highlight and foundation for the province to continue to develop breakthroughs in the next phase. In particular, building a Smart City and participating in international organizations such as ICF has contributed to widely promoting the image of Binh Duong province in the international arena, positively contributing to the province's investment attraction results. During his 3 working days in Binh Duong, he will spend time visiting, conducting field surveys, and meeting people to better understand the changes and impacts of building a Smart City on the development of the province.
Mr. John Jung (middle) - Co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) speaks at the meeting
At the meeting, Permanent Vice Chairman of the PPC Mai Hung Dung brieved information about Binh Duong province and introduced the Binh Duong Smart City Project. Accordingly, up to now the scale of the province's economy has increased 104 times compared to 1997. Labor has shifted from agriculture to the industrial, commercial and service sectors. To date, the province has attracted over 4,000 foreign investment projects with a total capital of more than 40 billion USD, ranking second of Viet Nam, after Ho Chi Minh City. The per capita income is the highest in the country, about 400 USD/person/month. In the process of economic development, the province strives to ensure environmental protection and improve people's quality of life.
Permanent Vice Chairman of the PPC said that Binh Duong has implemented the construction of the Smart City Project since 2016 as a breakthrough program aimed at services, high-tech production, and a dynamic, livable urban area. During the implementation process, the province applied the Triple Helix model (Government - Enterprise – Institutions/Universities) and achieved impressive initial results. Binh Duong has been recognized by ICF 5 consecutive years (2019-2023) to Smart21 and 3 consecutive years (2021-2023) to Smart7. An important goal when deploying the construction of a Smart City is that the province wishes to learn from experience in managing and building smart cities and smart communities for more sustainable development.
Development orientation of Binh Duong Smart City to 2030, Binh Duong continues to closely apply the Triple Helix model; at the same time, focuses on digital transformation, smart city, deploys Binh Duong innovation ecosystem and focuses on human resource development, invests in education, takes care of the disadvantaged, "leaving no one behind".
Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee Nguyen Van Loi presents a souvenir to Mr. John Jung
Provincial leaders discuss with ICF leaders
It is known that the ICF Team will have 3 working days in Binh Duong to evaluate and better understand the challenges, development strategies and progress of Smart City implementation in Binh Duong through 06 criteria: Connect; wWork; innovate; include; engage and sustain.
PORTAL - On the morning of September 05, Mr. Nguyen Van Loi - Member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Head of the Provincial Delegation of National Assembly Deputies along with leaders of the Provincial People's Committee (PPC), departments, committees and branches surveyed the Ho Lang revolutionary relic and eco-tourism site; worked with Di An city on implementing socio-economic development, security - defense tasks and building Party, building the city's political system in the first 8 months of 2023.
Promote the cultural and historical value of Ho Lang Relic Site
Reporting to the Provincial leaders' delegation, the representative of Di An City Construction Investment Project Management Board said that the project of Ho Lang revolutionary relic and eco-tourism site is located in Tan Binh ward, Di An city with a total area of 32 hectares, a total investment of about 345 billion VND, implementation period from 2023-2027 from the provincial budget. Currently, the project has completed phase 1 including construction items: Main gate, side gate, military handover house, landscape lake, garage, lighting system, etc. Phase 2 investment items include: Square area; Traditional house; Monument; Operation house; recovering trenches, tunnels, registration and memorial house; parking lots, flower gardens and green trees, technical infrastructure systems.
Perspective of the Square – Traditional house in Ho Lang revolutionary relic and eco-tourism site
The investment in construction and restoration of project items aims to demonstrate the indomitable fighting spirit of our army and people. Contributing to commemorating historical events in the area, increasing beauty and aesthetics for visitors to enjoy, and educating patriotism for future generations. Perfecting the architectural space and natural landscape, striving to make the relic site a provincial-level tourist destination associated with long-term restoration and preservation of relics and traditional education propaganda. At the same time, being closely associated with the development of ecotourism and source tourism of the locality. In particular, the Memorial Room in the Traditional House is the place to gather, display, preserve and keep artifacts and images left from the heroic struggle of our army and people in the two wars of against French colonialists and against US imperalists, is a place to introduce the people, culture and history of the local people in order to preserve and promote the national cultural identity, contributing to educating revolutionary traditions, patriotism, remembering the merits of previous generations, and healthy living ideals for today and future generations. The operation house is the place to plan, carry out inspection and manage all tourism, service, entertainment and recreation activities of tourists, and is also the place to welcome and guide visitors.
Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee discusses with the consulting unit of the Ho Lang revolutionary relic and eco-tourism site Project
Speaking at the survey, Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi requested Di An City and the investor to research the project's work items to fully promote the cultural and historical values of the relic, however, it must ensure savings and high aesthetics of the project.. Building an eco-tourism site requires attention to works that serve the needs of cultural activities, entertainment, recreation, and sports activities for the people. Creating a lively landscape architectural space, in harmony with the surrounding area, meeting the needs of urban development, ensuring conditions for economic, political, cultural and social development in the new era.
As reported by the Di An City Party Committee, in the first 8 months of the year, although the economic situation still faced many difficulties, along with the great efforts and determination of the whole political system, together with the consensus of the people, enterprises, the city's socio-economic continued to be maintained and developed stably in the right direction. Total State budget revenue reached 38.44% of the estimate assigned by the PPC. The total new revenue received by the local budget and put into balance for implementation reached 46.54% of the estimate assigned by the province and the Resolution approved by the City People's Council. Total local budget expenditure reached 62.18% of the estimate assigned by the PPC, equal to 53.29% of the Resolution passed by the City People's Council. Regarding disbursement of public investment capital, reaching 48.13% of the adjusted capital plan approved by the City People's Council. Currently, the locality is focusing on reviewing the public investment portfolio, handling difficulties and obstacles, and speeding up the implementation progress of projects, especially key projects and projects requiring compensation capital, in which priority is given to approval and compensation payment for Ring Road No.3, To Vinh Dien Road. The city has agreed with neighboring localities to invest in connecting 21 existing points and 09 new open traffic roads and points, which have now been updated in the planning.
Overview of the meeting with Di An City Party Committee
For the An Binh Road upgrading and expansion project, through working with Ho Chi Minh City, the two localities have agreed that the project's road size is 34 meters. In addition, Di An has completed the documents and submitted it to the Department of Construction for comments to appraise the city's general planning tasks. It is expected that in September 2023, the task will be approved and the project is expected to be approved in early 2024. At the same time, implementing the planning for Education, Health branches, and green trees until 2030. Regarding the implementation of Project 06, administrative procedure reform, digital transformation and plans to install security surveillance cameras are also being actively implemented by the locality. Political security, social order and safety are maintained, Party building and political system construction are paid attention to.
Mr. Ho Quang Diep - Secretary of Di An City Party Committee reports to the Provincial Leaders' Delegation about the city's pending matters
In addition to the achieved results, according to City Party Secretary Ho Quang Diep, the city's budget revenue situation is difficult to reach the assigned estimate due to difficulties in enterprises, the Government implements tax deferral and relaxation policies; the budget allocated for public investment, urban renovation and embellishment and environmental sanitation is not commensurate with the needs of a developed urban; there is no source to supplement estimates for units implementing regimes and policies approved by the Provincial People's Council and those receiving an increase in base salary as prescribed in Decree No. 24/2023/ND-CP of the Government but cannot use salary reform sources to spend. According to statistics, the estimated increase in demand for the above content is about 45 billion VND. Regarding compensation clearance, Mr. Ho Quang Diep said, there are regulations on conditions for imposing compensation prices for assets attached to land, there are no regulations on subjects, conditions, compensation and support levels to consider compensation and support in Decision No. 09/2023/QD-UBND, dated April 13, 2023 of the Binh Duong PPC, so the site clearance for works and projects facing many difficulties, etc.
Facing the above situation, Di An proposed the province to direct the Tax Department to have solutions to increase revenue, coordinate and share information, especially revenues from the foreign-invested sector and non-state tax revenues. In case the locality is out of balance, it is recommended that the province consider approving the policy of supplementing the budget balance so that the locality can complete the assigned tasks in 2023. Allocating capital for the local implementation of public investment, urban renovation and embellishment, environmental sanitation, Project 06, etc. from other revenue sources of the province. Early amending Decision No. 09/2023/QD-UBND dated April 13, 2023 of Binh Duong PPC; allocating capital to invest in the construction of Ho Lang revolutionary relic and eco-tourism site, phase 2, etc.
Responding to the city's recommendations regarding the authority of the PPC, Vice Chairman of the PPC Nguyen Van Danh shared with the difficulties of Di An city; at the same time, he said, the province will research and find solutions to remove difficulties for the city in clearing compensation. For recommendations related to budget collection and socialization in the fields of Health and Education, the Vice Chairman of the PPC suggested the functional branches to coordinate and advise on remedial solutions to create conditions for Di An's development.
Vice Chairman of the PPC Nguyen Van Danh explains recommendations related to the authority of the PPC
At the meeting, after listening to the opinions of departments, committees and branches to solve the city's difficulties and problems, the Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee praised the comprehensive results that the city has achieved in the first 8 months of 2023. At the same time, he asked the city to continue reviewing targets in various fields to find solutions for implementation, especially in the fields of traffic, urban beautification, compensation, and land clearance. Besides, it is recommended that the Party Committee, government and people of Di An need to be dynamic, creative, self-help for self-improvement to develop further. The province will create all conditions for Di An to free up resources and promote growth. The Provincial Party Secretary said that the issue of budget revenue is very important, so in the last 4 months of 2023, localities must propose solutions to increase revenue. Making more efforts and drastic measures in implementing compensation and clearance, especially the Ring Road No. 3 project. Regarding planning, it is necessary to focus on building Di An urban area into a livable place, a smart city, well solving the problem of land fund, planning and socialization to invest in technical and social infrastructure such as: transportation, education, health and green parks.
Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee Nguyen Van Loi speaks to conclude the meeting
Regarding difficulties in procuring equipment for the Health and Education branches, the Provincial Party Secretary requested leaders of branches to quickly resolve them, ensuring fast principles, but must comply with regulations. In addition, there is a need to improve the quality of education and healthcare in a smart direction, pay attention to socialization in the cultural field, and develop projects that must ensure efficiency and serve the community. Regarding Project 06 and administrative reform, it must be implemented more synchronously and drastically, with the right focus and key point, taking the people as the center to serve. The Provincial Party Secretary requested that Di An continue to maintain political security, social order and safety. Focusing on propaganda to increase people's consensus in site clearance and implementation of key projects in the province.
In recent years, Binh Duong province's telecommunications infrastructure has been developing rapidly, contributing to promoting digital transformation and creating motivation for the province's socio-economic development.
Current status of infrastructure development
In recent years, along with socio-economic development and growth, Binh Duong province has become a destination, attracting many investment enterprises, including enterprises operating in the telecommunications field. To date, in the province there are more than 10 enterprises investing in infrastructure, providing telecommunications, Internet and pay television services such as Binh Duong Telecommunication, Viettel Binh Duong, Mobifone Binh Duong, FPT Telecom Binh Duong and Viet Nam Technology & Telecommunication Joint Stock Company (VNTT) which are the main enterprises, have the largest infrastructure and account for about 95% of the telecommunications services market share in the province.
Mobile coverage map in Binh Duong province
Telecommunications enterprises are constantly investing and upgrading infrastructure to improve service quality, while expanding service areas, meeting communication needs for direction and administration of all levels of government, as well as meeting the communication needs, serving production, business and entertainment of people and enterprises in the province, contributing to ensuring national security, social order and safety and promoting promote local socio-economic development.
In addition to making large investments in urban areas, telecommunications enterprises have also fully deployed fiber optic networks and mobile transceiver stations to the hamlet (village) level, with more than 3,000 transceiver stations. To date, the number of mobile subscribers has reached 138.75 subscribers/100 people; 85% of households use fiber optic broadband; 99.9% of residential areas have 3G and 4G mobile coverage; the rate of mobile broadband fiber optic internet subscriptions reached 101.43 subscribers/100 people, ensuring to provide users with high quality telecommunications services, such as FTTH (Fiber to the home), mobile broadband services on the 3G/4G mobile network platform. In addition, Vinaphone, Viettel, and Mobifone mobile networks have also successfully tested 5G mobile networks and will soon begin providing 5G service to users after being officially licensed.
Forming the foundations for the digital transformation process
With the motto of providing maximum support for people and enterprises to access and use high quality services at the lowest cost and put into use new applications on mobile platforms, Binh Duong provincial government has coordinated with network operators to establish and provide Internet access services via free public Wi-fi networks at 70 locations in the province, at the Provincial Public Administration Center and at all levels, parks, shopping centers, bus stations and other public places, contributing to raising people's intellectual level, serving the province's digital transformation process, supporting people to step by step access to online public services.
Average speed of fixed broadband network in Binh Duong compared to the whole country
Average speed of mobile broadband network in Binh Duong compared to the whole country
Along with that, the province has paid attention and promoted investment in infrastructure, the quality of broadband telecommunications services in Binh Duong has been improved quite clearly. Currently, the fixed broadband service (FTTH) has a Download speed of 113.76Mbps and an Upload speed of 106.27Mbps; the mobile broadband service has a Download speed of 53.37 Mb/s and an Upload speed of 25.65 Mbps.
Signing ceremony of cooperation agreement between Binh Duong province and Military Industry and Telecommunications Group
The province has signed cooperation agreements with telecommunications groups and enterprises on digital transformation activities of the province in the coming time, with the desire to maximize strengths, mobilize all resources, to promote investment, develop modern telecommunications infrastructure step by step, serving the province's digital transformation process. In particular, focusing on developing 5G network in key areas, giving priority to coverage in central areas, locations, industrial parks and clusters. Promoting the deployment of public information points to provide telecommunications products and services, infrastructure, digital and media services to people and enterprises, at competitive prices, contributing to attracting investment from domestic and foreign enterprises, socio-economic development of the province.
In addition, the province has paid more attention to sustainable development, ensuring network safety and urban beauty. In particular, focusing on embellishing and undergrounding telecommunications cable networks in existing urban areas. In projects to develop industrial parks, new residential areas, and new urban areas, telecommunications enterprises have participated in investing in telecommunications infrastructure in sync with other infrastructure to both ensure service provision and ensure aesthetics, safety and improve service quality for people and enterprises.
PORTAL - The Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI) is a measure of the favorableness of the investment environment as well as the management and administration of provincial and city governments. With the characteristics of a locality that takes industry as the foundation for economic development, Binh Duong identifies the task of improving and raising the PCI as an important goal, contributing to attracting investment and sustainable economic development. The province is determined to implement solutions to bring the 2023 PCI back to the TOP 10 nationwide.
The 2022 PCI results report continues to reflect the difficulties that enterprises face in their production and business activities. Due to the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and many complicated developments of the world economic situation, Binh Duong's PCI had a significant decrease, reaching 65.13 points (down 4.48 points), ranked 36 out of 63 provinces and cities nationwide (down 30 places compared to 2021). Evaluation results show that only 01 sub-index increased; the remaining 09 sub-indices all decreased.
Notably, the entry costs sub-index (reached 6.32 points, down 0.06 points; the national median is 6.95 points), the lowest in the past 6 years. Some indicators decreased in points such as Enterprise registration time (median) decreased by 0.5 days, ranked 50th out of 63 provinces and cities; Time to change enterprise registration content (median) increased by 4 days, from 6 days to 10 days, ranked 60th out of 63 provinces and cities. The entry costs sub-index is evaluated based on the results of enterprises' feedback on a number of procedures for registering enterprise establishment and completing procedures to officially operate. If facilitated, not only will enterprises benefit, but the locality will also benefit after the enterprise goes into operation. The bottleneck that exists and is most difficult to solve today is the interconnectivity and interdisciplinary nature in solving document problems for enterprises.
The 2022 PCI continues to reflect the difficulties that enterprises face in production and business activities
Mr. Nguyen Thanh Toan - Director of the Department of Industry and Trade said that in order to improve the PCI, first of all, it is necessary to pay attention to the entry costs sub-index, which plays a very important role. Therefore, the province needs to have a mechanism for communication and coordination among departments and branches in handling administrative procedures for enterprises. For documents of problems arising between departments and branches, almost enterprises have to contact themselves to handle, which greatly affects the cost and time of enterprises. Departments and branches need to sit together to solve problems for enterprises. Besides, there also needs to be public transparency about receiving and processing documents; list of returned documents, clearly stating the reason for returning the documents as well as announcing the specific resolution time for backlog documents.
Accessing land is also an important sub-index that helps the province improve the environment and create an attractive and reliable destination for investors. The issue of accessing land and maintaining stability in the process of using land to serve production and business is of particular concern to enterprises before making investment decisions. In 2022, in this sub-index, Binh Duong reached 7.06 points (down 0.15 points); in which, there were 9th out of 14 component indicators that decreased; ranked 26th out of 63 provinces and cities (down 1 place), the national median was 6.98 points.
However, the field of access to land in Binh Duong still has positive bright spots: The number of days waiting to be granted a land use right certificate (median) decreased by 27.5 days, ranked 20th out of 63 provinces and cities nationwide; Enterprises that did not face obstacles in accessing, expanding business premises increased by 22%; Enterprises assessed the risk of land expropriation decreased by 0.13%; the time limit for settling land documents that is longer than the time limit listed or regulated in writing, ranked 7th out of 63 provinces and cities nationwide.
At the questioning session between the two meetings of the Provincial People's Council on the situation and results of administrative reform implementation, Mr. Ngo Quang Su - Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment said that the Department has made many efforts to achieve good results in administrative procedure reform. However, because the land field is sensitive and complex, while land legal policies frequently change, although it has been supplemented, updated, and adjusted, there are still many inadequacies, problems, and not consistent with reality; the Central Government's guiding documents are sometimes not timely, causing confusion during the implementation process. The handling of transitional content between old and new laws has not been thoroughly guided; some regulations have not been guided or the instructions are unclear, etc. leading to certain difficulties in resolving land-related procedures.
Comparison table of 10 PCI sub-indices in 2021 and 2022
It can be seen that in the past time, the efficiency of resolving administrative procedures has improved significantly; however, more reform efforts are still needed in some areas that still cause trouble and difficulties for enterprises such as land, construction, fire prevention and fighting, regulations on conditional business lines are overlapping and complicated, and enterprises have little access to relevant information.
On the other hand, the equipment system serving to resolve administrative procedures for people and enterprises at the one-stop-shop section has not met the needs of officials, civil servants and people. The administrative procedure handling system often generates errors, causing congestion in the processing and operating machinery to resolve and return results to enterprises. Along with that, the population database and enterprise data are in the setup or "cleaning" stage, so the process of implementing public services is still difficult; due to regulations on confidentiality and authentication of information. Therefore, enterprises do not appreciate that implementing online administrative procedures will help enterprises save time and costs. This is also one of the reasons why the sub-indices dropped.
In addition, according to Mr. Le Thanh Toan - Deputy Director of the Department of Planning and Investment, the amount of work is large, new tasks often arise unexpectedly in addition to the tasks assigned according to the law, and the number of documents that must be resolved during the day is large. With the number assigned to be in charge of the one-stop-shop section, it is difficult to perform well the professional work and assigned tasks (the quantity and processing time of documents cannot be guaranteed). This puts great pressure on enterprise registration and also affects enterprise satisfaction, affecting the province's PCI sub-indices.
Always accompany the enterprises
In 2023, with the determination to create an open, transparent, dynamic and favorable business environment for economic sectors, attract investment and develop enterprises, Binh Duong aims to bring the PCI back to the TOP 10 in 2023. The PPC held a meeting to analyze and evaluate the causes, limitations and solutions to remove and improve the PCI.
Directing at the meeting to discuss solutions to improve the province's PCI, the Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee (PPC) Vo Van Minh emphasized that improving the PCI not to "run after" rankings, the goal is to be intrinsically effective, identified as a breakthrough to improve the business environment, enhance competitiveness, promote economic growth, and satisfy the satisfaction of people and enterprises. The PPC Chairman requested relevant departments, branches and localities to further simplify administrative procedures and shorten the time for granting Enterprise registration licenses. Compiling statistics on returned enterprise registration procedures and proactively contacting enterprises to guide them; strengthening dialogue and removing difficulties for enterprises. Implementing transparency in bidding and strengthening prevention and fight against corruption; supporting providing clear guidance documents for enterprises; carrying out vocational training, job introduction, and supporting enterprises in training to improve workers' skills, etc.
Provincial leaders visit and survey the production and business situation of enterprises
Along with that, the PPC also approved the Plan to improve and raise the province's PCI in the 2023 - 2025 period. In the spirit of viewing enterprises' difficulties as government difficulties, the Plan focuses on two goals: Accompanying enterprises to overcome difficulties, stabilize and develop their business, creating conditions to attract many enterprises to Binh Duong; strengthening coordination, improving proactiveness and efficiency in management and administration, guiding and supporting enterprises towards the satisfaction of people and enterprises (especially small and medium-sized enterprises).
Faced with negative impacts from the world economic and political situation that have affected the production and business activities of enterprises; timely companionship and support from the government is extremely important. According to the plan, the province will continue to strengthen dialogue with enterprises; from there, there will be clear and consistent policies to remove difficulties for enterprises. Paying attention to the role and voice of the enterprise community and associations in the process of policy planning and monitoring the province's policy implementation.
At the same time, paying attention to fairness and equality in implementing support policies, as well as providing information, solving problems and difficulties for large and small enterprises. Promoting investment promotion through many flexible methods, propagating and introducing the province's investment environment through foreign channels, through forums and Vietnamese representative agencies abroad and foreign investment promotion organizations in Viet Nam. Strengthening the implementation of programs and conferences to connect investment needs and cooperation between foreign and domestic investors, and between other local enterprises, contributing to reducing production costs of investors, as well as increasing production and management capacity of domestic enterprises participating in the global value chain.
Strengthening administrative procedure reform is one of the solutions contributing to improving the PCI
The plan also clearly states urgent and long-term solutions to improve the business investment environment. In particular, focusing on building a dynamic and friendly government image; creating strong changes from the contingent of officials and civil servants, simplifying procedures, improving processes, shortening the time for establishment registration, changing and supplementing in business registration and issuance of investment certificates. Reviewing and proposing competent agencies to consider and decide on amending, supplementing, replacing or abolishing overlapping and conflicting regulations; amending, supplementing and proposing to improve legal regulations in general and regulations related to improving the business environment and enhancing the province's competitiveness in particular. Establishing a Business Guidance Team at the Provincial Public Administration Center to promptly guide and handle application problems for enterprises. Concentrating resources to ensure administrative procedure documents are processed on time, in the order and procedures according to regulations.
To solve problems in the management and settlement of land procedures; the PPC assigned the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to preside over and coordinate in reviewing, advising the PPC to propose the improvement of mechanisms, policies and legal regulations on management, exploitation and effective use of land resources; propose appropriate mechanisms and policies in management and creation of a clean land fund for socio-economic development and investment attraction. Promoting the construction of a digital land database system to quickly put it into operation and better serve the State management of land; regularly updating to ensure accuracy, synchronization, and expanding information sharing, making it easy for people and enterprises to access, exploit, and use. Strengthening administrative procedure reform on land, with priority given to the application of digital transformation achievements, to ensure shortening of document processing time according to regulations, etc.
Although the province's 2022 PCI decreased, according to VCCI's report, Binh Duong still has bright spots in terms of business investment environment, in which infrastructure continues to be the province's strength (ranked 3rd in the country). Binh Duong is also in the group of provinces and cities having the highest proportion of foreign-invested enterprises with production and business expansion projects.
With existing strengths and determination to innovate and improve the investment environment, it is believed that Binh Duong will continue to be an attractive destination for investors.
PORTAL - The Provincial People's Committee issued a Decision allowing the establishment of the Viet Nam - Singapore Innovation Center in Binh Duong.
Accordingly, the Viet Nam - Singapore Innovation Center in Binh Duong will conduct activities to connect, build orientations, create an environment for scientific and technological research, support enterprises in converting technology and production and business models to meet the trend of the 4.0 revolution.
At the same time, supporting and promoting innovation and creativity programs, focusing on research and development fields, creating a new ecosystem for the enterprise community, attracting all sectors and social resources to join together to create models, products and projects to promote the development of Binh Duong province in the new period.
The Department of Home Affairs, the Department of Planning and Investment, the Department of Finance, and the Department of Science and Technology, based on their functions and tasks, coordinate and guide the organization and operations of the Center according to the provisions of law.
Investment and Industrial Development Joint Stock Corporation (Becamex IDC) presides over the development and approval of functions, tasks, powers, organizational structure, operating regulations and ensures the operating costs of the Center; at the same time, coordinates with Viet Nam-Singapore Industrial Park J.V. Co., Ltd and relevant departments, branches and units to organize, manage and promote the Center's operations to ensure efficiency and compliance with regulations.
PORTAL - On the afternoon of August 29, at the Administrative Center of Binh Duong province, Mr. Nguyen Van Danh - Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee (PPC) chaired a reception and worked with Mr. Agustaviano Sofjan - Consul General of Indonesia in Ho Chi Minh City.
At the reception, Vice Chairman of the PPC Nguyen Van Danh briefly introduced to the delegation the socio-economic development and investment attraction of Binh Duong province. Accordingly, to date, the province has attracted nearly 4,200 investment projects from 65 countries and territories around the world with a total registered capital of more than 40 billion USD, ranking second in the country in terms of attracting foreign investment after Ho Chi Minh City. Among them, Indonesia currently has 11 investment projects in the province with a total investment capital of 55 million USD, some projects with large investment capital such as: Dynaplast Packaging (Viet Nam) Co., Ltd., Factory of Serim Foam Vina Co., Ltd., Lautan Luas Vietnam Co., Ltd., etc.
During the past time, Binh Duong has always strived to improve the investment environment and enhance competitiveness. In particular, the province promotes investment in developing regional transport infrastructure to connect trade with provinces and cities in the region, including key projects such as Ring Road No. 3, Ring Road No. 4, and Ho Chi Minh City - Chon Thanh Expressway and some railway lines.
Mr. Nguyen Van Danh (right cover) - Vice Chairman of the PPC receives and works with Mr. Agustaviano Sofjan - Consul General of Indonesia in Ho Chi Minh City
Mr. Agustaviano Sofjan - the Consul General of Indonesia in Ho Chi Minh City said that during his 2 years on assignment in Viet Nam, he and the Consulate General of Indonesia personally had many activities to promote cooperation with localities. Up to now, in the Southern region, there are about 30 projects of Indonesia that are investing and operating quite effectively. Enterprises have expressed their desire to invest in long-term operation in Viet Nam.
The Consul General of Indonesia in Ho Chi Minh City said that in 2023 Indonesia will hold the role of ASEAN Chairman, organizing many activities with the desire to unite ASEAN to become the focus of development in the region and the world. In early September, in Jakarta capital, Indonesia will host the ASEAN-Indian-Pacific Forum, where meetings will take place between partners and enterprises in the ASEAN region to seek investment opportunities and promote development cooperation. He learned that Binh Duong province is currently implementing projects to develop transport infrastructure connecting the region, in which the Indonesian side is particularly interested in the Ring Road No. 4 project and the Ho Chi Minh City - Chon Thanh expressway, and he hoped to obtain information about projects to share and exchange at the upcoming ASEAN-Indian-Pacific Forum.
Mr. Nguyen Van Danh - Vice Chairman of PPC presents a souvenir to Mr. Agustaviano Sofjan - Consul General of Indonesia
Representatives of the Department of Transport and the Provincial Traffic Works Construction Investment Project Management Board briefly introduced the scale, alignment, and total investment of the two projects. Ring Road No. 4 passes through 5 provinces and cities (Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Long An, Binh Duong), the section through Binh Duong province is about 47.85 kilometers long. The Government decentralized and authorized to localities where the road passes through to become investors and proactively deploy the section passing through their localities. The Ho Chi Minh City - Chon Thanh expressway is about 60.4 kilometers long, and the Government assigned Binh Duong province as the investor; the road connects Ho Chi Minh City with Binh Duong and Binh Phuoc provinces. Both of these roads are in the investment preparation stage. The province is inviting partners to implement the project in the form of a public-private partnership (PPP).
Vice Chairman of the PPC Nguyen Van Danh asked the Department of Planning and Investment and the Department of Transport to coordinate with the Department of Foreign Affairs to continue providing information on projects to the Indonesian side. He also hoped that Indonesian investors will continue to invest in Binh Duong in many forms such as direct investment, joint ventures. Binh Duong welcomes and is ready to create favorable conditions for Indonesian enterprises to invest in the province.
PORTAL - From September 21-23, 2023 at the WTC EXPO - Thu Dau Mot City, the Viet Nam international textile, clothing and printing industry expo "ITCPE – VIET NAM TEXPRINT 2023" will take place.
The expo is jointly organized by Viet Nam Advertisement and Fair Exhibition Joint Stock Company - VIETFAIR, Allallinfo Media Viet Nam Co., Ltd - Hongkong Allallinfo Media Group Ltd., gathering more than 200 booths focusing on introducing 10 groups of technology products for the printing and embroidery industry, garment processing and the production of fabrics, textile products and materials, etc.
Some typical products at the expo can be mentioned such as: Machinery and materials for fabric printing industry; smart clothing design software (CAD system, 3D body measurement, 3D dress testing, smart 3D design); smart clothing production equipment; automatic sewing equipment, buttonhole equipment, intelligent embroidery equipment; dyeing equipment; digital fabric printing equipment, fully automatic fabric printing, intelligent hanger system; printing and dyeing chemicals and dying auxiliaries; equipment and technology for printing, embroidery and textile industries; fabrics and fabric accessories, etc.
After a period of disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the general difficult situation of enterprises, this year, the expo is held for the first time in Binh Duong with a large scale, which is expected to increase opportunities for promotion, joint venture, international cooperation, market expansion; the expo creates favorable conditions for textile and garment enterprises in Binh Duong and other provinces and cities in Viet Nam to meet, learn and exchange experiences, access to the latest production technology, have more new sources of raw materials, thereby promoting investment in technology to improve productivity and product quality, meeting export demand and development goals of Viet Nam's textile and garment industry in the coming time according to the criteria "Green trade, green industry".
The Organizing Committee has the "Gratitude to specialized visitors" program, supports for lunch, accommodation and travel expenses with foreign enterprise delegations when visiting and working at the Expo. For details, please contact the Standing Committee of the Organizing Committee - Vietfair Company, hotline: 0976683693 (Mr Tat Thanh); Email: email@example.com; /https://www.facebook.com/texprintVietnam.
PORTAL - On September 08, 2023 at Binh Duong Convention and Exhibition Center, the "Meet Japan 2023" program with many meaningful activities will take place.
This is an event to practically celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of Viet Nam and Japan diplomatic relations; is an opportunity for Binh Duong province and localities and Japanese partners to evaluate cooperation results in the past time and directions for cooperation in the coming time. At the same time, it promotes economic diplomacy activities, attracts foreign direct investment capital as well as widely promotes the image of Binh Duong province and contributes to strengthening the relationship between Binh Duong province and localities and Japanese partners, thereby contributing to promoting the extensive strategic partnership between Viet Nam and Japan.
The low-altitude fireworks program to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of Viet Nam and Japan diplomatic relations will take place at 20:45 in Binh Duong New City
The main commemoration activities include: The "Meet Japan 2023" program will meet with Japanese enterprises and partners, award investment certificates to Japanese enterprises, sign cooperation agreement between Binh Duong province and Japanese partners, announce SORA Gardens III project; the "Binh Duong Women with Japanese Culture" program; the goods supply-demand connection conference and Industry and Trade Fair in the Southeast region will take place from September 05 to 10, 2023.
There are also side events such as: The party celebrating 50 years of Viet Nam - Japan diplomatic relations; The festival at AEON MALL Thuan An Binh Duong with the theme "Enhancing cooperation, looking to the future" which is scheduled from September 08 to 10, 2023; The Viet Nam - Japan youth exchange program which is scheduled from September 04 to 14, 2023.
Especially, at 20:45, there will be a low-altitude fireworks show to celebrate the anniversary.
PORTAL - Implementing the national program on trade promotion, trade connection, domestic market development and cultural exchange with countries and territories around the world, Binh Duong will host the "Goods supply-demand connection conference" and the "Industry and Trade Fair of the Southeast region in Binh Duong in 2023".
The "Goods supply-demand connection conference" and "Industry and Trade Fair of the Southeast region in Binh Duong in 2023" is a national program on trade promotion directed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Provincial People's Committee, in order to promote trade promotion activities of the provinces and cities in the Southeast region in particular and the whole country in general. The Conference - The Fair will take place from September 05 to September 10, 2023 at World Trade Centre Binh Duong New City (WTC EXPO) with an expected scale of 350 booths.
This is an opportunity for units and enterprises in the Southeast region and the whole country to meet and exchange; exchange, cooperate, share experiences and connect trade to boost trade promotion, expand markets, find customers and participate in the supply chain.
Through activities of displaying and introducing typical products, typical rural industrial products, OCOP products, high quality agricultural products, etc. from provinces and cities throughout the country and countries that have friendly and cooperative relations with Binh Duong province; it aims to promote propaganda, promotion and introduction of economic, cultural and social achievements, potentials, advantages, brands, products, goods, services, traditional industries of each province and city in the country. In particular, the Fair has parallel activities and events to help enterprises have the opportunities to approach, connect, and apply effective digital transformation and e-commerce models through e-commerce trading platforms of provinces, cities and major distributors of the region and the world.
PORTAL - On the morning of August 26, at Binh Duong Convention and Exhibition Center, Eastern International University (EIU) held a commencement ceremony in 2023, awarding diplomas to 233 new bachelors and engineers.
Attending the ceremony were Mr. Nguyen Minh Triet - former President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam; Mr. Nguyen Van Loc - Member of Provincial Standing Party Committee, Chairman of Provincial People's Council; Mr. Nguyen Loc Ha - Member of Provincial Standing Party Committee, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee (PPC), Honorary Chairman of EIU Council and leaders of departments, committees, branches and EIU's strategic partner enterprises.
Provincial leaders and Becamex IDC Corp present flowers to congratulate EIU's commencement ceremony
As a university founded and invested by enterprises, it plays an important role in the connection between the State - University - Enterprises, during the past time, EIU has achieved many outstanding results in providing high-quality human resources, meeting the need for innovation to improve labor productivity for enterprises not only in Binh Duong but also in the Southern key economic region.
New bachelors, new engineers at the commencement ceremony
The university always focuses on improving and enhancing the quality of training programs, building training programs associated with practical experiences, closely connecting with the community, focusing on promoting quality assurance activities, doing scientific research, signing cooperation agreements with more than 280 domestic and foreign enterprises and partners to serve teaching - learning activities and provide the best learning experiences for learners, helping students quickly adapt to career requirements in the context of globalization.
Mr. Nguyen Minh Triet - former President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam awards souvenir medals to new bachelors and engineers
100% of new bachelors and new engineers of the University have achieved at least IELTS 6.0 English certificate upon graduation and are always highly appreciated by the units for their solid knowledge foundation and comprehensive skills; good adaptability and integration. Many graduates have been accepted to work in large enterprises and corporations at home and abroad.
Mr. Nguyen Van Loc - Member of Provincial Standing Party Committee, Chairman of Provincial People's Council awards souvenir medals to new bachelors and engineers
Speaking at the ceremony, Vice Chairman of the PPC Nguyen Loc Ha affirmed, with the educational philosophy "Humanity - Community - Creativity - Sustainability", EIU has made great efforts to achieve very respectable results, well carried out the mission of training high-quality human resources, contributing to the socio-economic development of Binh Duong province in particular and the country in general.
Vice Chairman of the PPC Nguyen Loc Ha speaks at the ceremony
"With strategic orientations, specific action plans of the university together with the investment of Becamex IDC Corp and the attention and support of all levels, branches, I believe that the University will grow more and more, achieve more success, contribute to the achievement of development goals and improve the quality of human resources, meeting the requirements of building Binh Duong for sustainable development towards a smart, civilized and modern urban area" - Vice Chairman of the PPC emphasized.
Leaders of the University award diplomas to new bachelors and engineers
PORTAL - On the morning of August 25, at the Administration Center of Binh Duong province, Mr. Vo Van Minh - Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of Binh Duong Provincial People's Committee (PPC) chaired the 9th meeting of the Steering Committee to solve difficulties and problems for enterprises in the province.
Attending were Mr. Mai Hung Dung - Member of the Provincial Standing Party Committee, Permanent Vice Chairman of the PPC and leaders of departments, committees and branches.
The meeting listened to reports on 11 problems of enterprises related to the Departments of Finance, Planning and Investment, Transport, Construction, and Taxation.
Accordingly, real estate enterprises face difficulties related to confirming the amount received from transferring land use rights and changing land use purposes when implementing the project that economic organizations are deducted from the land use fees and payable land rent.
Some real estate projects have difficulty getting their investment policies accepted because they do not have a land use right certificate; the land has not been allocated yet because no deposit has been made yet because there is no investment policy; asking for permission to adjust the project implementation schedule to receive an Investment Certificate; projects with decisions to adjust investment policies to supplement the business purposes of transferring land for people to build their own houses.
Regarding the land sector, there are problems in extending the land use of enterprises; as well as extending the agricultural land use period of households and individuals.
Representative of Tax Department explains regulations related to tax on deduction from land use fees and payable land rent
At the meeting, the Steering Committee agreed with the proposal to implement the An Dien Port project. The Steering Committee will submit to the Provincial Party Committee to ask for a policy to be approved by the Provincial People's Council.
Particularly for proposal related to the An Long Commune Rural Housing Area project, the Steering Committee agreed to maintain the alignment of Ho Chi Minh City - Chon Thanh highway section passing through the An Long Commune Rural Housing Area. The People's Committee of Phu Giao district needs to update the above alignment in the construction area planning of Phu Giao district.
Mr. Vo Van Minh - Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the PPC speaks to conclude the meeting
The PPC directs departments and branches to have support for enterprises in solving problems, in accordance with the progressive spirit of the government for enterprises. During the support process, it is necessary to explain clearly so that enterprises can understand and accompany the government.
As reported by the PPC, as of August 15, 2023, the province has added nearly 58,849 billion VND in domestic business registration capital, including 4,117 newly registered enterprises with a total charter capital of 31,850.5 billion VND;1,097 enterprises adjusted to increase by 33,221.9 billion VND. Accumulated as of August 15, 2023, the whole province has 63,463 domestic enterprises with a total registered capital of 689,437.3 billion VND.
Regarding foreign investment attraction, 39 newly established FDI enterprises have been registered with a registered capital of 1,361.9 billion VND; 143 enterprises have been registered to increase capital with an additional capital of 10,687.1 billion VND. Accumulated to August 15, 2023, procedures for granting and changing business registration contents on investment certificates (investment licenses) and business registration certificates have been made for 3,057 FDI enterprises with a registered capital of 330,516.7 billion VND.
PORTAL - On the morning of August 24, at the Administration Center of Binh Duong province, the delegation of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission led by Mr. Do Ngoc An - Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission had a meeting with Binh Duong province on the results of implementing Directive No. 37-CT/TW of the Secretariat on strengthening leadership and direction to build harmonious, stable and progressive labor relations in the new situation in Binh Duong province.
Welcoming and working with the delegation were Mr. Vo Van Minh - Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee (PPC); leader representatives of provincial departments, committees and branches.
As reported by Binh Duong Provincial Party Committee, after more than 3 years of implementing Directive No. 37-CT/TW and Decision No. 416/QD-TTg, the awareness of Party committees, authorities, officials, civil servants, public employees, enterprises and workers on the task of building harmonious, stable and progressive labor relations in the new situation has changed.
Many guidelines, mechanisms, and policies of the Provincial Party Committee, People's Council, and People's Committee along with a series of programs and plans of departments, committees, branches, and units have been issued, contributing to improving the harmonious, stable and progressive labor relations in the new situation. Committees, branches and localities have proactively coordinated closely in preventing and resolving strikes. From there, the situation of labor disputes occurring in the province has been reduced. The incidents that happened were also resolved quickly and did not last long to cause complications in security and order, creating a stable environment, serving the province's strategy of attracting investment.
Mr. Pham Van Tuyen - Deputy Director of the Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs reports on the situation of labor relations in Binh Duong
Through the implementation of programs and plans on strengthening the dispute settlement system in Binh Duong province, the officials who work concurrently in labor relations at the provincial and district levels, the force of labor arbitrators, and labor conciliators have been disseminated and trained on the new regulations of the 2019 Labor Code as well as fostered to improve their capacity, knowledge and skills to handle and resolve situations arising in labor relations, in collective labor disputes, between the employer and the employee in the enterprise.
Awareness and actions of employers and employees in enterprises have changed positively. Most enterprises have focused on building, promulgating and well implementing collective labor agreements, labor regulations, salary scales, signing labor contracts, taking care of the material and spiritual lives of workers, etc. The grassroots trade union has done a good job of representing and protecting the legal rights of workers, contributing to helping enterprises stabilize and develop production and business. Workers in enterprises have gradually improved their industrial style, participated in learning to improve their cultural and professional qualifications, and gradually met the production and business requirements of enterprises. Especially facing difficulties in production and business activities from the end of 2022 until now, workers have shared and sympathized with the difficulties of enterprises, accompanying them.
Mr. Truong Van Phong - Deputy Head of the Provincial Industrial Zones Authority explains and clarifies the content of delegates' concerns
However, besides the achievements, the labor relations situation in Binh Duong in recent years has arisen many complicated and difficult problems in the State management of labor and employment such as: Some enterprises do not properly comply with the Labor Law, the Trade Union Law, and the Social Insurance Law, leading to the rights of workers not being guaranteed. Trade unions in enterprises have not done well in protecting their rights and obligations in representing and protecting the legitimate rights and interests of workers in labor relations.
Propaganda and advocacy work to establish grassroots trade unions and develop union members, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises, faces many difficulties. Besides, there are still some enterprises that are eligible to establish trade unions but have not yet created the conditions. Coordination in organizing worker conferences and building collective labor agreements at enterprises, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, has not received due attention. Some enterprise owners disregard the implementation of democratic regulations at the grassroots as a task of the Trade Union executive committee or do so purely as a formality, not considering it a solution to stabilize labor relations.
Member of the delegation analyze the results achieved, shortcomings and limitations in the implementation of Directive 03 in Binh Duong province
At the meeting, members of the delegation evaluated and analyzed the results achieved, shortcomings and limitations in implementing Directive No. 03 in Binh Duong province; Representatives of provincial departments, committees and branches also explained and clarified the contents at the request of the Delegation.
Speaking at the conclusion of the meeting, Mr. Do Ngoc An highly appreciated the implementation of the Secretariat's Directive No. 03 in the province during the past time, ensuring the building of a harmonious and progressive working environment, contributing to the socio-economic development of the province, maintaining political security, social order and safety, ensuring good security - national defense in the province.
Mr. Do Ngoc An - Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission speaks to conclude the meeting
Through the actual survey at enterprises, he said that compared to the local average, the current income level of workers is still low, so he suggested Binh Duong pay attention to increasing the income level of workers to suit actual requirements. Paying attention to building trade union organizations on par with the task of local economic development. Focusing on developing Party organizations in enterprises, developing Party members among workers to enhance the role of Party organizations in foreign-invested enterprises.
The PPC Chairman Vo Van Minh receives the direction of the delegation
Receiving the guidance from the delegation, PPC Chairman Vo Van Minh emphasized that the province will study some outstanding points that need attention as pointed out by the delegation to have solutions to contribute to building a harmonious and progressive labor relations in the coming time. At the same time, he he proposed to the delegation to advise the Central Government on institutions for provinces and cities in the Southeast region, including Binh Duong province to contribute to promoting local sustainable development in the coming time.
PORTAL - On the afternoon of August 24, at the Administration Center of Binh Duong province, the delegation of the Government of Artemisa province led by Mr. Ricardo Concepcion Rodriguez - Governor of Artemisa province, visited and worked with Binh Duong province in order to establish friendly cooperative relations between Binh Duong province and Artemisa province (Cuba).
Receiving and working with the Delegation were Mr. Nguyen Hoang Thao – Permanent Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee; Mr. Vo Van Minh - Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee (PPC); Ms. Truong Thi Bich Hanh - Member of the Provincial Standing Party Committee, Head of Propaganda and Training Commission of Provincial Party Committee and leaders of provincial departments, committees and branches.
Accompanying each step forward
Speaking at the meeting, permanent Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee Nguyen Hoang Thao warmly welcomed the Governor of Artemisa province to visit and work in Binh Duong. At the same time, he said that in September 2022, the leader delegation of Binh Duong province had a business trip to Cuba. In April 2023, the People's Committee of Binh Duong province signed a Letter of Intent with Artemisa province on the occasion of the official visit of National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue in Cuba. Thereby affirming that the friendly and cooperative relationship between the two countries Viet Nam - Cuba in general, and the two provinces of Binh Duong - Artemisa in particular, is getting better and better, always accompanying each other every step forward. He emphasized that, in the spirit of openness and gratitude, the issues raised by the Artemisa Delegation, Binh Duong province is ready to answer, and the two sides will continue to have many meetings and work to strengthen the cooperative relationship between the two localities.
Mr. Nguyen Hoang Thao - Permanent Deputy Secretary of Binh Duong Provincial Party Committee speaks at the reception and meeting
Mr. Ricardo Concepcion Rodriguez expressed his emotion at the warm welcome of Binh Duong provincial leaders to the delegation. He said that the Party, State and people of Cuba attach great importance to, consolidate and preserve the special friendship and solidarity relationship between Viet Nam and Cuba. The delegation's visit and work aim to strengthen the friendly cooperative relationship between the two countries and at the same time strengthen the good cooperative relationship between the governments and people of Artemisa - Binh Duong provinces. Artemisa province wished to promote economic development cooperation with Binh Duong province as well as apply Binh Duong province's experience in Artemisa's socio-economic development.
Mr. Ricardo Concepcion Rodriguez - Governor of Artemisa province, Vice Chairman of the Viet Nam - Cuba Friendship Parliamentarians Group speaks at the meeting
At the meeting, the leaders of Binh Duong and Artemisa provinces briefly introduced the construction and development process of the two localities, the potential and strengths of each side and the opportunities for trade and investment cooperation in all fields of economics, culture, health, education, science and technology.
Sharing about the values of the province's development experience, Ms. Truong Thi Bich Hanh - Head of Propaganda and Training Commission of Provincial Party Committee said that, according to experts' assessments, Binh Duong's development process is a successful model in the renovation in Viet Nam. It is a breakthrough thinking, a strong desire to rise, the right decisions, in line with the motto "The central government goes first, the local creates, enterprises accompany, people participate", at the same time soon establish cooperative relations with foreign countries to learn from experience, appropriate development model, as a foundation for Binh Duong to make drastic changes, becoming an attractive place for people from all over the country, domestic and foreign investors to invest, work and live.
Ms. Truong Thi Bich Hanh - Head of Propaganda and Training Commission of Provincial Party Committee presents at the meeting
Expressing their impression of the socio-economic development process of Binh Duong province, leaders of Artemisa province wished to strengthen economic cooperation with Binh Duong province based on considering the advantages of resources, land and people to form specific cooperation projects, especially for agriculture, which is an important sector of Artemisa province, other fields such as construction materials, mining, science and technology, health, and education are also very interested.
Signing cooperation, twinning
At the meeting, leaders of the two sides recognized that the two localities have many similarities, rich potential, and wished to promote bilateral cooperation in many fields, aiming to establish cooperative relations between the two localities. This is also an opportunity for Binh Duong province to conduct trade promotion activities, call for investment expansion, transfer modern technology and cooperate in the fields of health, Cuba's famous biopharmaceutical industry.
Based on the Letter of Intent signed on April 21, 2023 and the friendship cooperation activities over the past time, at the meeting, the Binh Duong PPC and the Artemisa Provincial Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of partnership and twinning relationship.
Leaders of the Binh Duong PPC and the Artemisa Provincial Government signs a Memorandum of Understanding
The signing of cooperation and twinning aims to contribute to consolidating and developing the friendly relationship in many aspects between the People's Committee of Binh Duong province, the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and the government of Artemisa province, the Republic of Cuba on the basis of appropriate to the scope of functions, tasks, and powers of the sides, in accordance with the laws of each country and international provisions to which Viet Nam and Cuba are members.
According to the signed content, the two sides will strengthen the friendly relationship and expand cooperation activities in the fields of economics, culture, health, education, science - technology, trade promotion and investment cooperation, improving the quality of human resources. The two sides jointly create favorable conditions for local enterprise delegations to explore and promote trade and investment promotion activities in accordance with the potential and strengths of each side within the legal framework of each country.
The two sides make efforts to build a sustainable relationship and join hands to contribute to the socio-economic development of the two localities.
Leaders of the two provinces affirmed that they will maintain regular communication and cooperation channels and effectively implement the signed contents, contributing to the development of the two localities, bringing a better life to the people.
Mr. Nguyen Hoang Thao - Permanent Deputy Secretary of Binh Duong Provincial Party Committee presents a souvenir to Mr. Ricardo Concepcion Rodriguez - Governor of Artemisa province, Vice Chairman of the Viet Nam - Cuba Friendship Parliamentarians Group
Delegates take a souvenir photo
Artemisa Province is one of Cuba's two new provinces, established on August 01, 2010 with the division of La Habana province. The capital and largest city of the province is Artemisa with an area of 4,004.27 km2 and a population of 502,392 people. The province is located on the main highway and main railway line between Habana and Pinar del Río. This is also the area where Thai Binh Viet Nam Company is investing and operating. Through researching some basic information about Artemisa province, although newly established, Artemisa province has made many contributions to Cuba and plays an important role in the country's industrial and agricultural activities. This is also the main agricultural product supply for Havana capital.
Artemisa province is a locality with a number of typical friendship projects and associations with Viet Nam, especially three projects in Bauta town (bordering to the west of Havana capital), including "Ben Tre House", "Viet Nam Friendship Primary School" (under construction with the support of Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) and "Vietnamese children" kindergarten.
PORTAL - On the afternoon of August 23, the delegation of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission led by Mr. Do Ngoc An - Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission had a meeting to survey the labor relations situation in enterprises in Binh Duong province.
The delegation had a field survey of Saigon Stec Co., Ltd and Omron Healthcare Manufacturing Viet Nam Co., Ltd.(100% Japanese capital) at Viet Nam - Singapore II Industrial Park (Hoa Phu Ward, Thu Dau Mot City).
Leaders of Saigon Stec Co., Ltd. report on the company's operation
As reported by Saigon Stec Co., Ltd., currently, the Company has more than 3,000 workers. The Company's Trade Union was established in 2008, the number of union members participating as of June 30, 2023 is 3,290 people. Over the past time, the Company has gradually built harmonious and sustainable labor relations in the enterprise, contributing to stabilizing production and business activities, creating a premise for the development of the Company. The Company considers workers an important resource for the stability and development of the Company; therefore, recruitment, training, and labor management are always concerned by the Board of Directors. 100% of qualified workers in the enterprise are allowed to enter into a written contract in accordance with the provisions of the Labor Code. The Company always pays attention to the salary increase policy and bonus policy, creating conditions for workers to stick with the Company for a long time. In particular, 100% of workers are paid Social Insurance according to regulations.
Overview of the survey at Omron Healthcare Manufacturing Viet Nam Co., Ltd
For Omron Healthcare Manufacturing Viet Nam Co., Ltd., there are currently about more than 1,000 workers. The enterprise's grassroots trade union was established in 2008, and now has nearly 1,000 participants. In the work of recruiting and training workers, paying salaries, bonuses, and raising wages, the Company has complied with regulations.
Member of the delegation speaks at the survey
At the meeting, the members of the survey team discussed issues related to the implementation of workers' rights such as overtime work, payment of regional minimum wages, overtime meal regime, situation of health care, accommodation support for workers, etc.
Mr. Do Ngoc An - Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission speaks at the conclusion of the survey
Speaking at the conclusion of the survey, Mr. Do Ngoc An highly appreciated the implementation of Vietnamese law regulations for workers of foreign-invested enterprises in Binh Duong province. At the same time, he noted that enterprises need to pay more attention to quality of life, consider finding solutions to increase income for workers; reduce overtime to ensure workers' health; continue to expand production and business, seek orders to ensure jobs for workers.
The delegation visits the production line of Omron Healthcare Manufacturing Viet Nam Co., Ltd
The delegation visits the kitchen area of the enterprise and the quality of the workers' meals
PORTAL - The Provincial People's Committee (PPC) directs the implementation of Resolution No. 58/NQ-CP dated April 21, 2023 of the Government on a number of key policies and solutions to support enterprises to be proactive, adaptive, recover quickly and develop sustainably by 2025.
Accordingly, departments, committees, branches and People's Committees of districts, towns and cities urgently review and remove obstacles for investment projects that have been licensed, have not been implemented or are being implemented in order to open up investment resources for production, business and economic development. Reviewing and facilitating quick handling of investment and construction procedures for real estate projects in the area that have met the conditions for real estate and construction enterprises to soon deploy according to the approved investment decision to soon complete and bring products to the market. Accelerating the implementation and disbursement of public investment capital in the construction of socio-economic infrastructure, especially key and important national projects, freeing up resources for production and business investment activities of enterprises.
Simultaneously, implementing support policies to reduce costs for enterprises, enhance access to preferential capital and support resources of the State; focusing on supporting enterprises to create opportunities and stabilize jobs for workers; promoting the implementation of policies and solutions to support and train and improve vocational skills for workers.
For medium and long term task and solution group, departments, committees, branches and People's Committees of districts, towns and cities take the initiative or propose to competent authorities to reduce and simplify regulations which create new barriers making it difficult for investment, production and business activities, except for cases where it is necessary and the impact on the enterprise must be assessed; promote digital transformation and innovation in enterprises;support labor restructuring, and improve the quality of human resources to meet the requirements of innovation and industrial revolution 4.0. At the same time, enhancing the efficiency of implementing policies and resources to support enterprises to improve their competitiveness, proactively integrate into the world, grasp and anticipate new business trends and new market trends.
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PORTAL - On the afternoon of August 22, at the Administration Center of Binh Duong province, Mr. Nguyen Van Loi - Member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Head of the Provincial Delegation of National Assembly Deputies received Mr. Shin Choong IL - New Consul General of Korea in Ho Chi Minh City to pay a courtesy visit to the provincial leaders.
Also welcoming the delegation were Mr. Mai Hung Dung - Member of Provincial Standing Party Committee, Permanent Vice Chairman of Provincial People's Committee (PPC) and leaders of provincial departments, committees and branches.
At the meeting, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee Nguyen Van Loi wished Mr. Shin Choong IL a successful new tenure; and expressed his joy to see that the relationship between Viet Nam and Korea in recent times has always been nurtured and constantly developed.
The Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee informed the highlights of Binh Duong's socio-economic development. Accordingly, Binh Duong currently has 29 industrial parks, with an area of 12,798 hectares and 12 industrial clusters, with an area of 815 hectares. The province has planned, built and developed the Industrial - Urban - Service Complex with a total area of over 4,196 hectares including: High-tech industrial parks, commercial and service areas and new urban areas, of which 1,000 hectares are planned to build and develop Binh Duong New City. The province's industrial parks are all invested in synchronous, modern technical infrastructure, favorable for attracting investment; the rate of land lease in industrial parks reached 67%.
Korea is one of the potential cooperation and investment partners in Binh Duong. Up to now, Korea currently ranks 5th among 65 countries and territories investing in Binh Duong with 763 projects and total investment capital of 3.3 billion USD. Korean enterprises are currently operating very efficiently in the province.
Provincial Party Secretary Nguyen Van Loi (right) receives Mr. Shin Choong IL - New Consul General of Korea in Ho Chi Minh City
During the deadline, Binh Duong will focus on starting many major roads such as Ring Road No. 3, Ring Road No. 4 and Ho Chi Minh City - Chon Thanh Expressway; there will be nearly 200 kilometers of expressway through the province, connecting airports, seaports, etc. The province will form an industrial belt, with a scale of over 20,000 hectares along highways, thereby creating new driving force and development space for the locality. With the orientation of green and sustainable development, the Provincial Party Secretary hoped that the Consul General in his position will pay attention and help Binh Duong develop in accordance with the set orientation and deepen the relationship between Binh Duong with localities and partners in Korea.
Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee Nguyen Van Loi presents a souvenir to Mr. Shin Choong IL
Mr. Shin Choong IL expressed his impression of Binh Duong's outstanding development after a period of time returning to the province in a new position.
Mentioning some outstanding results of the recent official visit to Viet Nam by the Korean President, Mr. Shin Choong IL emphasized that, with his role, he will make efforts to contribute to promoting the implementation of policies agreed between the leaders of the two countries, which will support the promotion of cooperation between the sides in the fields of investment, trade, science and technology, health, etc. He will actively support and introduce enterprises to invest in Binh Duong and hopes to have many exchange activities between the people and young generations of Korea and Viet Nam; academic exchanges between researchers of the two countries.
PORTAL - The Provincial People's Committee (PPC) issued a Decision on the announcement of newly issued administrative procedures under the jurisdiction of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Accordingly, there is 01 new administrative procedure issued in the field of Immigration Management under the jurisdiction of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
At the same time, annulling 01 specific administrative procedure in the field of Consular Affairs in Decision No. 519/QD-UBND dated February 28, 2022 of the Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee on announcing standardized administrative procedures under the jurisdiction of Binh Duong Department of Foreign Affairs.
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PORTAL - The Provincial People's Committee (PPC) issued the Decision on the process of applying risk management and the set of risk assessment criteria for monitoring and supervising the enterprise activities in Binh Duong province. This Decision replaces Decision No. 295/QD-UBND of the PPC and takes effect from August 02, 2023.
Accordingly, the process of applying risk management to monitoring and supervising enterprise activities includes 6 steps: Collecting information; developing a set of criteria for risk assessment; analyzing and evaluating risks; dealing with risks; making plans for inspection and examination of enterprises; relevant agencies cooperate in handling post-inspection, examination and supervision of enterprises that fail to comply with inspection and examination conclusions;adjusting the set of risk management criteria after inspection, examination and supervision.
The set of risk assessment criteria for monitoring and supervising enterprise activities is built on 17 criteria: registered charter capital; number of enterprises or people registered in the year; number of enterprises or addresses registered; number of registrations for capital increase in the year; number of registrations for change of address in the year; legal representative or the president of the company present in Viet Nam; enterprises with Vietnamese owners but foreign legal representatives; foreign investors who acquire an enterprise operating in a business line without conditions to own less than 50% of the charter capital; enterprise which moves its address from another locality and concurrently changes its business registration contents; carrying out the dissolution procedures when the enterprise registration certificate is revoked; number of subsidiaries and affiliates; tax compliance index of taxpayers; conducting conditional business lines;community warnings about health service delivery; transport business by car; number of months outstanding on Social Insurance, Health Insurance, Unemployment Insurance; number of months the enterprise does not contact to submit the collection report form D02-TS to the social security agency.
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PORTAL - Following the direction of the Ministry of Public Security, on August 15, the Binh Duong Provincial Police held a launching ceremony for general control over business cars transporting passengers and transporting goods by container in the entire province.
According to the plan, the Traffic Police force will coordinate with functional units to conduct general control over business cars transporting passengers and transporting goods by container throughout the province during the period from August 15 to October 15, 2023.
Colonel Ngo Xuan Phu - Deputy Director of the Provincial Police said, through general control, in order to promptly detect, prevent, and resolutely handle violations of: Alcohol concentration; drug; vehicles that have expired, have expired inspection, are oversized or overloaded; speed; road section, lane; stopping, picking up or dropping off passengers at the wrong place; carrying more than the prescribed number of people; avoiding, overtaking, etc.; driver's license, vehicle registration, certificate or technical safety and environmental protection inspection stamp which are fake or not issued by a competent authority. Violations of road transport activities such as: Carrying more than the prescribed number of people; transport orders, routes, schedules, transport itineraries; transport contract, list of passengers; installing surveillance cameras and trip monitoring equipment on transport business cars; badges, vehicle driving time, etc.
The Traffic Police force of the entire province launches to carry out general control
Besides, control to detect and promptly prevent cases of illegal storage and transportation of weapons; explosive materials; waste, banned substances not in accordance with regulations; support means and vehicles which transport people to petition, demonstrate illegally, enter or exit illegally, etc.
Through general control activities, the Traffic Police force proactively coordinates with professional units to effectively fight crimes operating on road traffic routes such as: Robbery, snatching, subject with wanted warrants; transporting drugs, contraband goods, trade fraud, waste, banned substances, resisting people on duty, etc.
During the general control process, the forces simultaneously organize propaganda and mobilize people, enterprise owners, and individuals doing business in passenger and goods transportation by container to commit to strictly complying with regulations on traffic safety, from that, creating a positive change in the awareness and sense of obeying traffic laws of vehicle owners and drivers, contributing to limiting traffic accidents, especially the very serious traffic accidents, especially serious related to passenger transport vehicles and container transport vehicles.
PORTAL – The Provincial People's Committee (PPC) promulgates an Action Plan on green growth in Binh Duong province for the 2023-2030 period.
Accordingly, the PPC proposed 18 topics with specific activities and tasks for the 2023-2030 period.
Specifically, topic 1: Building and perfecting institutions and policies, improving the effectiveness and efficiency of State management in association with green growth goals.
Topic 2: Communication, education and awareness raising
Topic 3: Human resource development and green jobs
Topic 4: Mobilizing financial resources and promoting investments for green growth
Topic 5: Investing in science and technology, innovation
Topic 6: Integration and international cooperation
Topic 7: Equality in green transformation, ensuring that different target groups, especially those affected when economic restructuring associated with growth model innovation, disadvantaged groups (women, children, ethnic minorities, the poor, the disabled, the elderly) have equal access to opportunities, information, technical infrastructure, basic social services, suitable to new fields and jobs during the transition to green economy.
Topic 8: Energy (ensuring energy security in the direction of developing energy sources, exploiting and using energy sources economically and transforming the energy source structure towards reducing dependence on fossil energy; promoting efficient exploitation and increasing the proportion of renewable and new energy sources in the province's energy production and consumption, etc.).
Topic 9: Industry (improving energy use performance and efficiency, reducing energy consumption; step by step limiting industries that generate large waste, cause pollution and degrade the environment, and create conditions for the development of new green manufacturing industries, etc.).
Topic 10: Transportation and logistics services (increasing investment in modernization of transport systems, networks and vehicles on the basis of energy saving, high economic and environmental efficiency, and resilience to climate change;accelerating the transformation of goods transportation methods, promoting logistics activities in the green direction; improving competitiveness, developing logistics services in the green direction).
Topic 11: Construction (promoting urbanization towards a sustainable smart city that is resilient to climate change, ensuring eco-economic efficiency).
Topic 12: Agriculture and agricultural development (developing modern agriculture, circular agriculture, green, clean, sustainable, smart agriculture, improving the quality, added value and competitiveness of agricultural production through the adjustment and restructuring of livestock, crops, forestry and aquaculture and the application of processes and technologies for economical and efficient use of seeds, feed, agricultural materials and natural resources, etc.)
Topic 13: Waste management (strengthening waste management through research and development of solid waste integrated management models, waste treatment technology towards circular economy, waste transformation into resources, production materials, etc.).
Topic 14: Air quality management
Topic 15: Management of water resources, land resources, biodiversity; blue sea economic development.
Topic 16: Green, sustainable consumption and shopping.
Topic 17: Building a green, smart and sustainable healthcare; promoting community health care in the direction of improving people's capacity to cope with climate change and air pollution.
Topic 18: Developing tourism types in the direction of green growth, developing green tourism products.
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