The breakthrough in Da Nang's infrastructure development and urban renewal began twenty years ago, when it was separated from the former province of Quang Nam to become a central administrative unit (1997). Even those who left Da Nang because of the war and have now come back home are still amazed at the rapid development of the resilient Da Nang, full of life with a new future today.
To have a more complete view about the pace of Da Nang’s development, it will be interesting and surprising when we re-read some figures alongside impressive physical infrastructure milestones over the years of Da Nang since the French colonization:
Da Nang population: In 1920: 10,000 people; 1921: 16,000 people (of whom 348 French); 1936: 25,000 people; 1945: under 30,000 people; About power supply: in July 1922 (the current price of 22 cents/Kw/h, Indochinese currency), the power capacity was sufficiently supplied to the central area only (now Hai Chau District); About Water Supply: In December 1904, the Chamber of Commerce of the Indochinese proposed to the Indochinese Supreme Council for the construction of a water supply plant but French authority did not implement it (no tap water during the French colonial period). About traffic: In 1945, besides the 2 railway stations (the current station and Han Market Station have been relocated;), there were still a few coaches and trailers on the road; About construction: Only some permanent houses on the left bank of the Han River (Bach Dang Street today); About Education: there were 3 elementary schools; About Healthcare: There was a hospital (mainly used to treat the French and upper classes); (According to the Nouveau Dictionnaire en GhdopA dique lavousse lairis 192 statistics).
Until today, the cramped streets, the shanty houses on the east bank of the Han River were gradually replaced by the new neighborhood units. Upon the newly constructed roads, street lights shimmer across the Han River: Han River Bridge, Dragon Bridge, Thuan Phuoc Bridge, Tran Thi Ly Bridge, Tuyen Son Bridge, Hoa Xuan Bridge, Nguyen Tri Phuong Bridge ... and soon there will be tunnels connecting the banks of the Han River; Regarding traffic junctions - The bridge over the Hue crossroads, the resorts in Son Tra mountain peninsular is ranked as one of the top on the planet, in addition to the famous hotels and spas for international and national conferences, meetings, entertainment areas, new residential areas make you feel as comfortable and peaceful as at home. Da Nang is a city of "Bright-Green-Clean-Beautiful", or an "Environmental City". For several years (in 2013, 2014 and 2015), Da Nang has led the provincial competitiveness index in Viet Nam (the figure is synthesized and published by the VCCI in cooperation with the United States Agency for International Development - USAID).
The mobilization of internal resources of Da Nang to develop the infrastructure system towards serving the people has met their practical needs and also improved the quality of their spiritual life. The non-stop change of the city creates a feeling of fun with many choices for visitors to discover a mysterious and new Da Nang on every street and with every person of Da Nang.
Da Nang's strategic and critical infrastructure system, such as Da Nang International Airport, has been upgraded to a capacity of carrying 13 million passengers per year, considered one of the most modern and beautiful airports in Southeast Asia; Tien Sa - Da Nang Seaport with a depth of 15-20 m can accommodate large vessels. Da Nang Port is the end point of the East-West Economic Corridor linking northeastern Thailand, Laos and Myanmar to Da Nang Port; the Central provinces and Central Highlands also transport goods through Highway 14, Ho Chi Minh Road to Da Nang Port. In addition to cargo transportation, Da Nang Port also plays a role for external relations. Da Nang port welcomes many big ships from the U.S., Japan, Australia, the EU and other countries to visit and exchange economic and cultural values. Da Nang Railway Station system only 10 km away from Da Nang Seaport and the airport is an advantage in the transition from waterway to rail transport, both convenient and cheap. In addition to National Road No 1 passing through the city, the Da Nang expressway to Quang Ngai, which is being invested in by the central government, will link urban and satellite industries from Quang Nam, Quang Ngai to Da Nang for quick and easy transport.
With diverse forms of transportation, it is one of the basic advantages for investors to choose to invest in industrial zones in Da Nang City. Investing in this place will save time and reduce costs. Investors can enjoy all the favorable conditions to enhance their competitiveness as compared to others;
The nation's leading banking and credit institutions have been present with over 50 branches in Da Nang, ready to meet all investors’ financial service needs;
The modern and complete information technology system, post and telecommunications have accelerated their effectiveness. Hoa Hai Software Technology Center was established and put into use in March 2016; other specialized software technology centers of leading local and regional investors who invested in Da Nang industrial zones have attracted thousands of high quality engineers and technicians. This is also one of the strengths of Da Nang for investors to make their decision.
In addition to the high-quality labor resources of Da Nang and other provinces such as Quang Nam, Thua Thien Hue and the Central Highlands, there is also a young and well-educated workforce (accounting for 70% of the Da Nang population), adding the hardworking and open-minded characteristics in adopting the new technology - culture. This is a strong point that domestic and foreign investors should consider when they come to invest in Da Nang. Another prominent advantage of Da Nang is the presence of Economics, Technology and Foreign Languages universities and colleges as well as vocational schools, creating high quality labor resources for different services. Da Nang is always regarded as the economic and technological center of Central Viet Nam and the Central Highlands.
This is a precious resource that can meet the diverse needs of a wide range of services and technologies such as the seaport, airport, logistics and financial services for Da Nang, the region and the whole country, especially for projects with high technology needs in industrial parks and high-tech zones of Da Nang City.
Da Nang's comprehensive and sustainable development has been affirmed as a dynamic city and a center of science and technology for the six coastal provinces of Central Viet Nam and the Central Highlands for upcoming years.