Long An

Lying next to Ho Chi Minh City, Long An is a mid-sized province located within the Mekong Delta region in Southern Vietnam.  The provincial capital is Tan An, other major cities include Ben Luc, Duc Hoa, Thanh Hoa, and Moc Hoa District.  There are 13 districts within the province. Due to its proximity to Ho Chi Minh City, Long An is considered a prime location to set up manufacturing facilities. However, the province is still in the early stages of development and some parts of its infrastructure need to be upgraded.

The people of Long An province are well known for their tradition of “loyalty and courageousness and [the] steadfastness of the whole population [in fighting] the enemy in battle” and for their industriousness and creativeness in their work. 

The province is still mainly agricultural, but it is steadily investing more money into building up various industries, such as plastics and textiles,` throughout the region. In recent years, Long An has emerged as a key province for the attraction of investment and the development of industrial parks (IP), such as the Long Hau IP.

Long An is home to two large universities: the Long An University of Economics and Industry, and Tan Tao University.

In 2013, Long An had a total of 37 licensed FDI projects, with US$160.3 million in registered capital.

Geography:

Long An is situated in an advantageous position in the Southern Key Economic Region of Vietnam. It serves as a bridge between Ho Chi Minh City in the north and 12 provinces in the Mekong Delta in the south. The province also has Cambodia to its west and the East Sea (South China Sea) to its east.

Long An is a low-lying coastal region, therefore some areas of it are subject to flooding during the rainy seasons - this period lasts from the beginning of August until November.

The province has numerous rivers, two of the main ones are the Vam Co Dong and Vam Co Tay, these rivers connect with the Tien to form a larger river system.  Another important river in the region is the Xoai Rap.

Agriculture:

Long An is famous for its Cho Dao rice, a traditional variety of rice. Cho Dao is known colloquially as Nàng Thơm(“fragrant girl”).  The pineapples and mangos which are grown in the region are also well known for their sweet taste.

Additionally, many Hong Kong and Taiwanese companies have setup in Long An in order to process agricultural products for domestic consumption and/or export.   

Tourism:

Long An is home to a number of historical sites.  The ancient Vinh Phong Temple, located near the town of Thu Thua, is a memorial to Mr. Mai Tu Thua, founder of the villages that later grew into the town of Thu Thua. Additionally, the Phuoc Lam Pagoda is located in Xom Chua. This pagoda was built by Mr. Bui Van Minh in 1880 and was intended to be a place of worship to the Buddha as well as an ancestral hall for his Bui clan.

Industries:

Long An began its industrialization process in earnest in 2002 when HCMC began moving about 30,000 industrial and craft businesses out of the city and into the outer areas of the region.  Long An quickly seized upon this opportunity and many of the businesses were located within the province.

A sizable number of plastics manufacturers have located their operations in Long An. Other products that are produced in large quantities by the region are shoes and clothing.

Additionally, there is a growing industry in agricultural products processing. Foreign companies, such as Cargill, have located sizable operations within the region.

Area 1,734.32 mi2
Population 1.5 million
GDP US$747.7 million (as of 2012)
Literacy Rate 94.75%
FDI US$160.3 million in registered capital
Principal Religions Non-religious
Principal Languages Vietnamese, English
 

 

Long An has 1,698km of various types of roadways.  The provincial government has committed to further investment in developing the roadways and waterways of the region.

In total, Long An has five border gates: the Long An International Border Gate, the My Quy Tay national border gate, and three sub-border gates.

In 2011, the Binh Hiep Border Gate opened.  The border gate serves as an international border crossing that links Long An and Cambodia's Svay Rieng Province. Binh Hiep is the 20th border gate connecting Vietnam to a neighboring country, it allows trade as well as civilian traffic to pass through.

Power Production:

The electrical grid supplied to Long An province includes intermediary transformer stations and electricity-generating clusters. However, due to the fact that transformer stations are often overloaded, many businesses choose to self-invest in separate power stations. Many of the industrial parks have their own power stations to ensure power to their clients. 

Transportation:

Intracity Transport:

Like most other places in Vietnam, motorcycles and mopeds are the preferred means of transportation for Long An’s citizens. 

Additionally, because of the many rivers flowing throughout the province, boats are the primary means of transportation for many people.

Aviation:

Long An lies 45 km away from Tan Son Nhat Airport, located in Ho Chi Minh City. The airport is the largest in Vietnam and handles more than 17 million passengers per year (~47% of the country’s passenger traffic).

Ports and Waterways:

Long An has seaport systems in the east of the province, 15km from the East Sea (South China Sea). Currently, the Xoai Rap river is able to receive ships up to 30,000 DWT in size. However, plans to dredge the river have been announced, if completed this would allow the river to receive ships that are 70,000 DWT in size.

Roads:

The trans-Vietnam, National Highway 1A, runs through the province’s capital city, Tan An. Additionally, National Highway 62 also runs through the city; this highway connects the Binh Hiep Border Gate to Cambodia

Infrastructure Investment Projects:

As it seeks to attract further investment, Long An continues to upgrade its infrastructure. Currently, twelve bridges are under construction and scheduled for completion by 2015. Additionally, six roads are being built.  DT.831, the longest of these new roads, will run 4,000km from Vinh Binh to the Long Khot gate in Vinh Hung, Long An province.  

Long An has identified a number of areas that are entitled to special investment preferences, these include:

·         Manufacture of new materials and production of new energy; manufacture of high-tech products; bio-technologies; information technology; mechanical manufacturing;

·         Breeding, rearing, growing and processing agricultural, forestry and aquaculture products; production of salt; production of artificial strains, creation of new plant and animal varieties;

·         Use of high technology and advanced techniques; protection of the ecological environment; research, development and nursery of high-technology

·         Labor intensive industries (Projects employing 5,000 or more employees on a regular basis);

·         Professional development of education, physical training, health, sports

·         Construction and development of infrastructure facilities and important industrial projects; and

·         Other manufacturing and service sectors (ex. investment in R&D accounting for 25% or more of revenue).

Long An has also identified a number of areas that are entitled to regular investment preferences, these include:

·         Manufacture of new materials and production of new energy; manufacture of high-tech products; bio-technologies; information technology; mechanical manufacturing; 

·         Breeding, rearing, growing and processing agricultural, forestry and aquaculture products; production of salt; production of artificial strains, creation of new plant and animal varieties;

·         Use of high technology and advanced techniques; protection of the ecological environment; research, development and nursery of high-technology;

·         Labor intensive industries (Projects regularly employing between 500 and 5,000 employees);

·         Construction and development of infrastructure facilities;

·         Professional development of education, training, health, sports, physical education and Vietnamese culture (ex. establishment of private hospitals);

·         Development of traditional crafts and industries; and

·         Other manufacturing and service sectors (ex. provision of Internet connection, access and application services and points for accessing public telephones).

As its economy has improved over recent years, Long An province has seen strong growth in the number of Industrial Parks (IP) that are located within the region.  Currently, Long An has 28 IPs covering a total area of 10,216.16 hectares. There are also 49 projects for IP infrastructure investment (such as expanding the size of existing IPs).

Important IPs to take note of include:

Long Hau Industrial Park – covering an area of 141.85 hectares, it is located in Hamlet 3, Long Hau Commune, Can Giuoc District, Long An Province (the border area between Hiep Phuoc – Nha Be – Ho Chi Minh City).

Thai Hoa Industrial Park – covering an area of 100 hectares, it is located in Tan Hoa Hamlet, Duc Lap Ha Commune, Duc Hoa District, Long An Province.

Bac An Thanh Industrial Park – covering an area of 1,002.23 hectares, it is located along Provincial road 830, An Thanh Commune, Ben Luc District, Long An Province.

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