By early June, Dung Quat EZ in Quang Ngai Province had attracted 167 investment projects with a combined registered capital of US$10.7 billion.
Deputy head of the EZ management board Le Van Dung said 51 projects were now operational, employing about 12,000 workers.
The zoneís development has increased the contribution made by the industrial sector to the provinceís GDP, he added. From 2006-2008, the zone accounted for half of the local budget.
From now until 2020, businesses and investors operating in the EZ will employ approximately 67,600 workers, Dung said.
Of that number, FDI projects will employ an estimated 11,200 workers (17 per cent of the total); while domestic investment projects in oil refining, shipbuilding, seaports, will employ about 13,000 workers.
Meanwhile, Ho Sy Nguyen, head of Chan May - Lang Co EZ management board, said licences had been granted to 33 projects with a combined registered capital of VND31 trillion (over US$1.6 billion).
Of the total, 10 are foreign-invested, worth $1.4 billion, and accounting for 70 per cent of the total FDI registered in Thua Thien - Hue Province.
In the period of 2010-2015, the province plans to give top priority to improving the zoneís infrastructure while speeding up the implementation of key projects such as the Chan May seaport and the Chan May new urban area, Nguyen said.
Meanwhile, the Chu Lai EZ in Quang Nam Province, which was established by the Government in 2003, is also planning to improve its infrastructure to attract more investment, according to the zoneís management board.
Recently, the board licensed three new projects, valued at VND615 billion ($32.3 million). There are now eight licensed projects in the zone, capitalised at $274 million.
Meanwhile, plans to turn Chu Lai into the regionís biggest goods transit airport by 2015 is expected to spur the EZís development.
Not wanting to lag behind, the Nhon Hoi EZ, which was established in June 2005, now has a non-tariff area, industrial parks, a sea port and port services, a tourism area and a new residential area, all operating under a special incentive scheme.
To date, the EZ had attracted 58 projects, capitalised at $3.3 billion. Of those, 19, worth $951 million, have been licensed, Man Ngoc Ly from the EZ authority, said.
Khang Thong Trade and Construction Co announced that it would soon start construction of a $224 million non-tariff complex in the zone. The 600ha complex will comprise a non-tariff area, an industrial zone and a deep sea port.