On 15 September 2022 (Ho Chi Minh City), The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) held the workshop “Eco-industrial Park Development in Viet Nam: Institutional Framework and Implementation” to introduce the new elements of Decree No. 35/2022/ND-CP, including:
· new regulations for transforming conventional industrial parks into eco-industrial parks (EIP) and for establishing new EIPs,
· regulations on the circular economy,
· sharing international and national experience from EIP demonstration,
· technical solutions and financial tools.
This workshop is within the framework of the project “Eco-industrial Park Intervention in Viet Nam”, implemented by UNIDO and funded by the State Secretariat of Economic Affairs of Switzerland (SECO).
Delegates chairing the workshop
The Workshop was chaired by the Vice Minister for Planning and Investment, Ms Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc; Mr Vo Van Hoan, Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City Peoples Committee; Ms Le Thi Thanh Thao, Country Representative of UNIDO Vietnam; Mr Werner Bardill, Consul General of Switzerland in Ho Chi Minh City.
More than 230 delegates participated in the event, including representatives from ministries of Planning and Investment, Industry and Trade, Natural Resources and Environment, Finance, Science and Technology, and Construction; 46 Management Boards of IPs and EZs; investors; enterprises, and international organizations.
Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc, said: “The eco-industrial park model can play a positive role in the national sustainable development strategy only when it is replicated across the country, with different support in policy, technology, finance, information and close connection mechanism among stakeholders. Therefore, there is a need for more guidelines on technical regulations and standards from ministries and sectors and technical guidance from domestic and international experts, especially for industrial symbiosis networks and circular economy solutions. In addition, financial incentives for EIPs and eco-enterprises are necessary to encourage enterprises to implement the transformation and for the construction of new EIPs. Moving industrial zones towards a green and sustainable way requires financial and technical support from development partners to succeed”.
The private sector plays a very important role, requiring the Government of Vietnam to have mechanisms to facilitate and attract the private sector to participate in the development of this model. The institutional framework for the EIP development to create a playground was also of special interest to the delegates.
The following day, UNIDO organized a field visit to the Amata industrial park, where delegates had the chance to see directly the efforts done by one of the industrial parks, and its resident companies, supported by the UNIDO project.
Delegates participating the workshop