Big Opportunity Opened in Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is the biggest island in Viet Nam, located in the Gulf of Thailand, southwest of Viet Nam, Kien Giang province. It is 593.05 square kilometers. Duong Dong town is the main town of Phu Quoc, located around 120 km northwest of Rach Gia city and 45 km from Ha Tien town.

The Prime Minister has just signed Decision 38 to promulgate regulations about administrative operation in the island town of Phu Quoc and Nam An Thai archipelago, Kien Giang province. This is a big opportunity to turn Phu Quoc into Viet Nam’s leading ecological tourist area.

SGGP newspaper interviewed Mr. Bui Ngoc Suong, chairman of the People’s Committee of Kien Giang province.

Mr Bui Ngoc Suong, photo: T.M.T
Reporter:
Prime Minister has just signed Decision 38 to promulgate regulations about administrative operation in Phu Quoc island town and Nam An Thai archipelago. This is a great opportunity for Phu Quoc’s development. But Phu Quoc and Kien Giang’s infrastructure is anything but perfect. Can you tell us about the advantages and disadvantages in your locality?

Mr. Bui Ngoc Suong: It is really a big event for Phu Quoc and Kien Giang province. Phu Quoc enjoys many favorite conditions to develop into a high quality eco-tourism center, and an international service and commercial center. In addition, Phu Quoc occupied a strategic position in the national defense.

And Nam An Thai archipelago will develop marine tourism and tourist resorts which are located on beautiful beaches, such as Duong Dong, Sao, Khem, Truong, Dai… Duong Dong town is the administrative business and tourist center in Phu Quoc.

According to those regulations, some domestic and foreign investment policies are given preferential right. Foreigners and overseas Vietnamese can purchase properties in Phu Quoc.

Besides, there are other advantageous conditions for investment, tourism, businesses, immigration and other policies which are promulgated foremost in Phu Quoc.

However, Phu Quoc’s infrastructure is far from complete. For examples, An Thoi Port will be an international Port and Phu Quoc Airport will be an international Airport, but now there is no concrete plan for that. If two main projects are to start in this year, they will be completed in 2008. Besides, the other difficulties about roads, services… will be sorted out in the near future.

Reporter: How are you going about implementing them and what have you done in terms of preparations?

Mr. Suong: Next, Kien Giang province will coordinate with Ministry of Planning and Investment to organize a seminar in Ho Chi Minh City. We will discuss domestic and foreign investment policies. The Provincial Party Committee and Kien Giang People’s Committee are establishing Phu Quoc developing investment management board and planning for important infrastructure areas.

Phu Quoc sea, photo: T.C
Reporter:
According to new regulations and developing policies, do you see Phu Quoc becoming “Viet Nam’s Singapore”?

Mr. Suong: We may not be able to compare with Singapore, because it has enjoyed a long period of development. However, I can affirm that Phu Quoc will become a high quality eco-tourism center, and a top international commercial center of Viet Nam and ASEAN area.

Reporter: Along with the upgrade of Rach Gia city status, what are advantages that Kien Giang will be given in the future?

Mr. Suong : With the Phu Quoc’s development, Kien Giang’s other areas will also be developed. This is an opportunity for Kien Giang to stabilize its socioeconomic foundations to develop and integrate.

Reporter: Thank you very much!

Phu Quoc’s developing way

In the Western part, tourist resorts, urban, trade and service centers will be developed. In the East, development of rural residential areas, industrial zones will take place; there will be a marine park, tourist areas within the protected area of national parks. In the South, urban estates and Phu Quoc port will be built, including tourist and business centers.

There will also be funding available for the building of a sea port, a new airport and road infrastructure.

Tran Minh Truong – Translated by Kim Khanh

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