President of the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vu Tien Loc made the statement at a meeting in Ha Noi on May 19 with representatives from foreign businesses operating in Viet Nam about recent aggressive actions of several bad individuals in Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Ha Tinh provinces.
Loc said that 80-90% of affected businesses have resumed their normal operation and the local authorities have taken numerous measures to support the businesses.
The Government prohibits all acts that harm staff and property of foreign enterprises and will punish strictly rioters to make sure that no more similar incidents will happen in the future, Loc said.
He affirmed that the VCCI would take all necessary measures to support foreign enterprises and restore the country’s image as a safe and promising investment destination.
Earlier, after China’s illegal placement of its Haiyang Shiyou 981 drilling rig in Vietnamese waters, violating the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Vietnamese people in and outside the country expressed their patriotism and raised their voice against China’s infringement.
Taking advantage of these activities, opportunists in Dong Nai, Binh Duong and Ha Tinh provinces destroyed the property of foreign-invested enterprises and violated local legal regulations, causing economic losses and badly affecting the trade and investment environment in Viet Nam.
Right after the incidents, the Government has taken synchronized measures to control the situation and work with foreign enterprises in Viet Nam to help them surmount the consequences and resume production.