PM approves plan for loss-making projects

The Prime Minister recently issued a decision outlining solutions for loss-making projects under the management of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The aim is to turn them into efficient projects by 2020, at the latest, or let them be dissolved.
Dung Quat Shipyard is among the loss-making projects to be restructured (Photo: VNA)
Dung Quat Shipyard is among the loss-making projects to be restructured (Photo: VNA)
According to the decision, the Government will not pump any additional budget capital in these projects and their handling would be market-based.
With regard to projects that cannot be turned around, the Government is determined to let them declare bankruptcy or be dissolved.
A key measure to handle such projects would be to sell stake to private investors.
Accordingly, all challenges faced by these projects must be resolved by 2020.
In addition, accountability would be determined to impose strict penalties.
The Government would review policies to develop markets for products manufactured under these projects, such as bio-fuel, fertilisers, steel and ships, as well as apply trade safeguard measures in line with Vietnam’s international commitments.
Several tax regulations would be revised to promote local industrial production, while debts of these projects would be restructured to create conditions for them to borrow money from banks to revive their operation.
Regarding four fertiliser plants in Ninh Binh, Bac Giang, Hai Phong and Lao Cai, privatisation and divestment of State capital would be implemented after the projects recovered and moved towards efficient operation.
The project of bio-fuel plants in Quang Ngai and Binh Phuoc provinces was required to resume operations before the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) divests from them. PetroVietnam would also withdraw capital from the bio-fuel plant in Phu Tho province.
For Thai Nguyen Steel and Iron Plant’s expansion project’s phase 2, State capital divestment and restructuring of the company would be prioritised. If this measure was not successful, the project could be put up for sale or investment would be sought from outside investors.
Dung Quất Shipyard would bé put up for sale or declare bankruptcy if the first option failed.
Similarly, Dinh Vu Polyester Plant would be equitised or sold. If that failed, it would declare bankruptcy.
Phuong Nam Pulp Factory would speed up its debt restructuring and sale of assets and inventory.
Meanwhile, issues at the Quy Xa Mine and Lao Cai Steel and Iron Plant would be handled to enhance their efficiency.
The ministry’s statistics revealed that these projects incurred total losses of over VND16 trillion (US$704.4 million) as of the end of 2016 on investment of VND63.6 trillion ($2.8 billion), with loans accounting for some 75 percent.

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