Vietnam's Leather and Footwear Corporation (Leprodexim) said on Monday it plans to invest VND217 billion (US$14.5 million) this year in a dozen projects aimed at increasing its capacity and the quality of its products. They include the building of a new women's shoe factory and footwear materials plant at the Sai Gon Leather and Footwear Import-Export Company, and the installation of new equipment at the Thai Nguyen Footwear Factory.