Kitakyushu Initiative Seminar on Industrial Relocation: Kitakyushu Initiative 4th Thematic Seminar

Conference Proceeding

The fourth thematic seminar on industrial relocation, organised by UN/ESCAP, the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, IGES, and Ho Chi Minh City, was held on 27-28 August in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), which is engaged in industrial relocation and has made considerable progress in this area.

Industrial relocation has been and continues to be practiced in countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region, with successful practices in countries such as Japan, China, and Korea. Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam has been engaged in the relocation of industries over the past year, with considerable progress made. In the last three thematic seminars, a number of cities presented information on their most critical environmental issues and good practices in solid waste management, public-private partnerships in urban water, and urban air quality management. These seminars provided a forum for the free exchange of information, experiences, and technologies.

To further enhance the activities of Ho Chi Minh City and build capacities of local governments, this seminar will provide a forum for open discussions on industrial relocation in cities having both successful and unsuccessful experiences in this area. Discussions focused on:

Successful/unsuccessful experiences in relocation
Experiences in selecting type of industries to be relocated
Steps to carry out relocation programme
Incentives or supporting policies
Sector focus (total urban planning, air/water/noise/other, technology improvements)
Governmental assistance: structures/frameworks to promote policies, financial incentives (MBIs, subsidies, taxes), buying/selling land (mediation, consulting), construction (factories, residential areas, treatment plants, access roads), technology (seminars, info dissemination, consulting, training); Brownfields (pollution treatment, development of area))