Mekong Delta key economic zone seeks infrastructure investment

Four members of the Mekong Delta key economic zone yesterday agreed to propose ministries and central agencies to focus resources on building major infrastructure works for socioeconomic development by 2020.

Farmers harvest pomelo at an orchard in Can Tho city (Photo: SGGP)

The zone comprising Can Tho city and An Giang, Kien Giang and Ca Mau provinces organized its first conference in Can Tho city.

The major works include Can Tho-Chau Doc expressway, an infrastructure project serving agricultural restructuring in the Long Xuyen Quadruple area, the second phase of the southern coastal corridor project and water supply plants Song Hau 1, 2 and 3.

At the conference, they also defined a regional connectivity mechanism in planning, production and socioeconomic development.

The Ca Mau province People’s Committee chairman was voted chairman of the zone’s council in the phase of 2017-2018.

The Mekong Delta key economic zone was established in April 2009 stretching over 1.19 million hectares with 6.5 million citizens accounting for one third of the Mekong Delta.

According to plan by 2020, the zone will develop into a big center of rice production and seafood catching, farming and processing to contribute significantly to the country’s agricultural export.

In addition, the zone will play an important role in biology technology transfer, seedling and breeder production, farm produce processing and export services for the entire Mekong Delta.

By Ham Luong – Translated by Hai Mien

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