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Can Tho urged to become Mekong Delta economic hub

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has urged the orchard-rich Can Tho city to gear into becoming an industrial hub before 2020 to serve as the economic momentum for the entire Mekong Delta.

The Government leader gave the instruction at a working session with the municipal leadership on July 28, part of his Mekong Delta inspection tour.

Can Tho should take firm measures to achieve its annual targets, especially to increase its GDP growth rate to over 16.5 percent and exports revenues to over 670 million USD, Dung said.

He asked the city to set up human resource development centres for the entire region, where vocational training serves the regional development strategy.

“Can Tho should develop hi-tech industry and expand processing facilities to increase the agricultural production value on the same cultivated land, as well as to develop tourism and services,” the PM said.

He called on the city to take care of the environment, especially in water resources and waste treatment, during economic development.

In support of the city’s development efforts, especially infrastructure, the Government leader instructed the Ministry of Transport to consider investing in dredging its canal system and building the Can Tho and Cai Cui ports, and the Can Tho bridge.

He also earmarked the ministry to support building five highways and upgrading highway No.91, a road in south of Hau river, and a stretch of the Ho Chi Minh Highway .

“The Ministry of Transport should help the city put the Can Tho international airport into operation by December this year,” he said.

Dung also asked the Ministry of Construction to help Can Tho in urban and industrial parks zoning to prevent, as much as possible, the taking of cultivated land.

Founded just four years ago, Can Tho city’s administration is one of few nationwide fulfilling most of its half-year targets – GDP growth reaching 12.66 percent, industrial production up by 16.9 percent and exports revenue by 57.5 percent while its poverty rate fell to less than 8 percent.-

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