On October 17th, in the new city Binh Duong of Binh Duong province, the Central Steering Committee of housing policy and real estate market organized a National Seminar on “ Labors’ Housing – Reality and Solution” in coordination with Ministry of Construction, General Labour Trade Union of Viet Nam, and People’s Committee of Binh Duong province. Mr. Trinh Dình Dung – Minister of Construction, Deputy Head of Central Steering Committee of housing policy and real estate market, Mr. Dang Ngoc Tung – Chairman of General Labour Trade Union of Viet Nam, Mrs. Bui Thi Thanh – Vice-Chairwomen of Vietnamese Fatherland Front Committee and leaders of Provincial Committee of the Party, People’s Committee of Binh Duong province also chaired the Seminar.
The seminar focused on some sessions of as follows:
- Addressing difficulties, obstacles, insufficiencies in the mechanism and policies need to be solved, supplemented or amended;
- Proposing solutions, documents of legal regulations and new policies need to be studied and issued to speed up housing development for labors;
- Proposing Investment models to develop housing, cultural works and public welfare works matching with the national economic situation as well as current conditions of each locality.
According to Ministry of Construction, housing is one of essential demand of life, one necessary condition to develop comprehensively the human factor, and also one decisive factor to develop human resources for the cause of national development. Accompanied with the industrialization, modernization of the nation, many industrial zones have been established and put into operation. Up to now, in the whole country, there have been over 260 Industrial Zones established with 72 thousand hectares of total natural land area, of which 46 thousand hectares of industrial land area are available for rental. Over 170 Industrial Zones have been put into operation, the rest has been under compensation, site clearance and capital construction stage. Viet Nam’s Industrial Zones have attracted around 4,000 foreign invested projects with the total registered investment capitals of over 336,000 billion dong. Viet Nam’s economic zones have attracted 700 regional and international projects with the total registered investment capitals of USD 53.6 billion and nearly 4,000domestic invested projects with total registered investment capitals of USD33 billion and 330,000 billion dong.
The socio-economic development achievements have also been significantly contributed by 1.6 million labors working directly at Industrial Zones and millions of workers at the industrial complexes. It is estimated that there will be nearly 4 million workers by 2015 and around 6 million ones by 2020, of which around 70 % are from outside of the province, far from their hometown having the housing demand. The estimated number of workers in the industrial zones having the housing demand will be nearly 2.65 million persons by 2015, equivalent to 21.2 million m2 and 4.2million ones by 2012, equivalent to 33..6 million m2 of housing. Only 20% of total workers in the industrial zones have actually had their stable housing.
Facing with the increasingly high reality and demand of housing for labors, this National Seminar on labours’ housing – reality and resolution is really a hot forum with many interesting comments of leadership at all levels from Ministries, Industries of localities and even experienced experts in the architectural and urban construction sector.