‘Unusual’ province has more cities than districts.

This Southern province boasts a higher number of cities compared to its districts, with 4 districts and a total of 5 cities.

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The afternoon of March 19, at the 31st session, the National Assembly Standing Committee approved the resolution on the establishment of An Dien and An Tay wards in Ben Cat town and the establishment of Ben Cat city in Binh Duong province.

Ben Cat City is established on the entire natural area of ​​234.35 ​​km2 and has a population of 364,578 people from Ben Cat town in Binh Duong province.

After being established, Ben Cat City has 8 administrative units at the commune level, including 7 wards: An Dien, An Tay, Chanh Phu Hoa, Hoa Loi, My Phuoc, Tan Dinh, Thoi Hoa and Phu An commune.

Looking towards 2030, Ben Cat aims to become an industrial-service urban area; by 2040, it will be a urban center with functions of an industrial-service urban area and a transportation hub; with a strong development of the road transport system, connecting smoothly with key routes, industrial zones, and urban areas in the southern part of the province.

Ben Cat City has 8 industrial parks and one concentrated production area, creating jobs for about 180,000 workers. The total budget revenue of the town in 2022 reached over 2,500 billion VND, the average per capita income was 89.4 million VND/year; attracting over 1.5 billion USD in foreign investment.

Province with more cities than districts

Currently, Binh Duong has 9 administrative units at the district level, including 4 districts and 5 cities; it is the province with the most cities in the country.

Notably, the province has more cities than districts, with 4 districts (Dau Tieng, Bau Bang, Phu Giao, Bac Tan Uyen) and 5 cities (Di An city, Thuan An city, Thu Dau Mot city, Tan Uyen city, Ben Cat city).

In recent years, with the development of the urban system, Binh Duong has always been one of the areas with the highest growth rate in the Southeast region and the whole country.

In the first 3 months of this year alone, the total social investment capital reached 31,426 billion VND, an increase of 5.9% compared to the same period in 2023. The disbursed investment reached 1,541 billion VND, reaching 7% of the provincial People’s Council plan and 11% of the Prime Minister’s plan.

The province has attracted registered business capital of 14,063 billion VND, approved investment for 3 domestic projects with a total investment capital of about 21,393 billion VND, and attracted 158.3 million USD of foreign investment.

Industrial parks and clusters alone attracted 132 million USD of FDI capital, leasing 12.8 hectares of land. Enterprises in industrial parks have disbursed 965 million USD of investment capital, achieving 10.3 billion USD in revenue, and 5.9 billion USD in exports.

To create more development momentum in the coming period, the provincial People’s Committee is urgently completing legal procedures to meet the progress of investment in VSIP III Industrial Parks Phase 2, Rach Bap (expanding), Tan Binh, and Dat Cuoc (expanding). The province is also studying the investment in a specialized mechanical industrial park of about 800 hectares, attracting mechanical industries such as automobiles, and laying the foundation for the development of high-tech industrial, automation, and science and technology industrial parks.

The total state budget revenue in the first quarter is estimated at 18,415 billion VND, reaching 28% of the Prime Minister’s plan and 26% of the provincial People’s Council plan, about 97% compared to the same period. The industrial production index in the first quarter of 2024 is estimated to increase by 3.87% compared to the same period in 2023. The estimated export turnover in the first quarter of 2024 reached nearly 8 billion USD, an increase of 16.2%.

Regarding the economic situation in the second quarter of 2024, the Binh Duong Statistical Office said that according to a survey of 400 enterprises, 42% of businesses are confident that they will have more positive possibilities, and 21.3% of businesses predict that the production and business situation will face certain difficulties.

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