Deputy PM Urges Can Tho to Become Industrial Center in Mekong Delta

Can Tho City must become an industrial city and a driving force behind the Mekong Delta, said Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung.

Deputy PM Nguyen Sinh Hung urges Can Tho City to become an industrial city and a driving force behind the Mekong Delta

Deputy PM Hung made the statement yesterday at a conference on the topic of industrializing and modernizing Can Tho.
As the center of the Mekong Delta region, the city should fully develop its potential and use all of its advantages to become a full-fledged industrial city to transform raw materials into useful goods, creating jobs not only for locals but for others living in the Mekong Delta, he said.
“The city needs to focus on building industrial zones, which use advanced technology,” he added.
The city should develop its processing industry, particularly in agricultural and aquatic products.
Regarding services, he said the city should offer more interesting tours with good service, and recommended building at least one or two five-star hotels.
The city should develop a retail network, education and training centers, and should build more hospitals in the region, he added.
The deputy PM urged local authorities to quickly finish the construction of the O Mon Thermoelectric Plant and to commence construction of the Can Tho Oil Refinery.
He ordered localities, relevant ministries and agencies to finish their transportation projects by 2008, including stretches of National Highway 1 from My Thuan to Can Tho and on to Ca Mau, the Can Tho Bridge, and the Can Tho Airport.
He pointed out that the city should mobilize external help to attract investment from both domestic and foreign sectors.
Deputy PM Hung also praised local authorities for their achievements in socio-economic development and security enhancement.
During the past two years of implementing the Politburo’s Resolution 45-NQ/TW on industrialization and modernization, the city has achieved an annual economic growth rate of 15.99 percent. Its per capita income has also risen to US$980.
The city has also effectively implemented education, health, social and cultural policies, especially in hunger elimination and poverty reduction.
At the conference, city authorities suggested that the Government name the Mekong Delta as the country’s fourth key economic region, thus turning Can Tho, An Giang, Kien Giang and Ca Mau into an axis of development.

By T.M.T – Translated by Yen Chuong

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