Update: 20:55 | 02/02/2021
(BGO) – With its abundant labor force, favorable geographical location, and vast area, Bac Giang province has been developing and expanding industrial clusters (ICs), especially in locations far from district centers. Accordingly, many industrial clusters have been planned and established, attracting small and medium-sized enterprises, thus promoting the local economic structure transfer and limiting unplanned scattered production that causes environmental pollution.
Promoting regional advantages
Amid the requirement of economic structure transfer, to facilitate the management of concentrated industrial and handicraft production establishments, in recent years many industrial clusters have been set up in Luc Nam district. The Gia Khe IC was established about 5 years ago in Tien Hung commune (now Doi Ngo township), near National Highway 31. It is currently home to five packaging, paper and plastic production projects.
The Gia Khe Industrial Cluster (Luc Nam district) attracts a number of investors.
Similarly, the Doi Ngo IC in Luc Nam district also has two enterprises operating in the fields of garment and medical cotton, creating jobs for many local workers. According to Dang Van Nhan, Chairman of the district People's Committee, the establishment of ICs not only helps the locality attract investment projects and promote industrial development, but also contributes to economic and labor structure transfers and job generation.
To continue tapping the advantages of convenient transport and wide land area, at the end of last year, the provincial People's Committee established two more industrial clusters: Lan Son 2 in Lan Mau commune, Yen Son district with an area of 75 hectares; and Tien Hung in Kham Lang commune on nearly 32 hectares. The district will give priority to attracting hi-tech, energy-saving and environmentally friendly projects. Now, the district has six industrial clusters.
As it is adjacent to Thai Nguyen and Bac Ninh provinces with convenient transport, Hiep Hoa district currently has nine planned and established ICs: Duc Thang, Doan Bai, Hop Thinh, Ha Thinh, Thanh Van, Vietnam-Japan, Doan Bai - Luong Phong 1, Doan Bai - Luong Phong 2, and JUTECH. In these industrial clusters, there are 15 projects operating in the fields of garment, mechanics, and construction materials. Particularly, the JUTECH Industrial Cluster, established at the end of 2020 in Huong Lam commune - directly connected to Hanoi's Ring Road 4, is expected to lure investors who manufacture electronic products, computers, optical products and electronic components for Samsung Group.
According to relevant agencies, the province currently has 45 planned and established ICs, of which 30 have been operating, mainly in Hiep Hoa, Yen Dung, Lang Giang and Luc Nam districts. These industrial clusters are set up in locations with wide area and convenient transport, adjacent to provincial and national highways running through the province. The total planned area is nearly 1,200 hectares with 176 operational projects, with an occupancy rate of 41 percent.
Continued planning and expansion
Through the assessment of localities, the ICs formed have attracted many small- and medium-sized enterprises, creating a driving force for the province’s socio-economic development.
According to Director of the provincial Department of Industry and Trade Tran Quang Tan, the planning and establishment of industrial clusters meet the urgent needs of the craft villages when moving their production outside the residential areas. This is one of the most important issues when developing and planning ICs that every locality is aiming for. At the same time, it attracts investors to build complete infrastructure from electricity, water and roads to concentrated wastewater treatment systems. Up to now, 11 out of 30 ICs in operation have installed concentrated wastewater treatment systems.
Thong Nhat Trading and Service Joint Stock Company at the Voi - Yen My Industrial Cluster (Lang Giang district) specializes in manufacturing all kinds of doors.
In the local planning, the economic axis of the province is determined according to the main local traffic routes. With such an orientation, ICs have been planned and set up in localities far from district centers. The province targets to build and expand 29 industrial clusters with an area of more than 1,400 hectares in the districts of Hiep Hoa, Viet Yen, Luc Nam, Tan Yen and Lang Giang.
To create conditions for investors, districts will focus on providing planning information and geographical indications, and launch better mechanisms and policies to lure businesses, while increasing meetings and dialogues with enterprises, stepping up promotion and calling for investment, and selecting quality and sustainable investment projects.
The province intends to pay attention to building a synchronous technical infrastructure system serving the expansion and development of industrial clusters, striving to ensure that all ICs have concentrated wastewater treatment systems by 2030. It will provide maximum support to investors in site clearance after projects are granted investment licences.