US underwear and sportswear maker Hanesbrands has scoped out plans to build a US$20m garment plant in Vietnam's old capital of Hue City, Thua Thien Hue province.

During a working trip to the country, the US-based company's delegation received promises from top leaders of the province to pave favourable conditions for investment and operation of the group in Vietnam.

"We warmly welcome HBI (Hanesbrands) to invest into building the garment unit in Phong Dien Industrial Park. We will direct local authorities to cooperate with the group as well as pave all good conditions for the group to complete all investment procedures regulated by Vietnam's current laws in order for bringing the project into operation as soon as possible," Nguyen Xuan Ly, chairman of People's Committee of Thua Thien Hue province, said.

The project is expected to employ from 2,000 to 4,000 local people once coming into official operation at the Phong Dien Industrial Park.

By Ngo Tuan.