HCM City, Japan's Ehime prefecture sign investment MoU

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 17:43

Representatives of HCM City Export Processing Zone Authority and the Ehime Associatio of Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises at the MoU signing ceremony in HCM City. — Photo qdnd
HCM CITY (Biz Hub) – The management board of the HCM City Export Processing Zone Authority (HEPZA) and the Association of Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises in Ehime Prefecture in Japan signed a Memorandum of Understanding on investment cooperation during a meeting held in HCM City on October 30.

Japanese and Vietnamese officials as well as representatives of enterprises from Ehime were meeting in the city to seek closer business ties. It is expected that the MoU will boost investment of enterprises from Ehime Prefecture to HCM City in upcoming years.

Earlier this year, the governor of Ehime Prefecture visited Viet Nam to discuss the possibility of future business between the two sides.

Under the MoU, the association, that has 414 member associations with a total of 28,000 small-and medium-sized enterprises as members, will act as a bridge to introduce the city's industrial parks and export processing zones to Ehime's enterprises, while HEPZA will provide consulting services on legal and investment procedures to companies from Ehime Prefecture.

HEPZA will arrange for a business delegation from Ehime to visit industrial parks and export processing zones in HCM City.

Murata Yuuji, deputy head of Japan's Ehime Prefecture's Association of Small-and-Medium-sized Enterprises, expects the visit to intensify economic cooperation between the city and Japan.

Vu Van Hoa, head of the Export Processing Zone Authority's management board, said the city's 16 industrial parks and export processing zones had attracted 1,314 projects with total registered capital of nearly US$9 billion, of which US$5 billion was foreign investment.

Japan is currently the biggest investor in the city's industrial parks and export processing zones, with US$1.36 billion invested in 116 projects. Japanese enterprises have invested in mechanics, electronics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and food industries.

Hoa said HCM City seeks to attract small- and medium-sized enterprises from Japan, especially those in the support industry that produce components for the electronics and automobile industries.

The city has already prepared infrastructure to receive support-industry enterprises in Binh Chanh District's Le Minh Xuan 3 Industrial Park and Hiep Phuoc Industrial Park in Nha Be District. The two industrial parks are built on 304ha of land.

In addition, the 13ha Vie-Pan Techno Park will open in December to receive Japanese enterprises from Ehime, said Hoa. — VNS

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