MY THO (VNS)– The Mekong Delta Economic Co-operation Forum is under way in southern Tien Giang Province, with sustainable development of the nation's biggest rice bowl high on the agenda and improved connections with HCM City and other regions also a priority.
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh and more than 600 Vietnamese and foreign participants attended the opening of the five-day forum in My Tho city on Wednesday.
Addressing the forum, Ninh encouraged government officials and businessmen to exchange information, choose potential projects and solve difficulties together.
He also asked the authorities of Mekong Delta provinces to pay more attention to planning in the region, especially in the fields of irrigation, aquaculture and seafood processing.
The forum, held annually by the People's Committee of Tien Giang Province and Southwestern Steering Committee, gathers opinions of business communities, investors, scientists and farmers to submit proposals to the Government.
Based on their submissions, the Government will produce policies to support investment in the region for a green, sustainable and effective agriculture.
Bui Ngoc Suong, deputy chief of the Southwestern Steering Committee, said the term "regional connection" had been on the table for several years.
"Connection is not only the target but also the motive and method for Mekong River Delta provinces to develop sustainably in a relationship with HCM City and other local and international regions based on their geographical and economic advantages," said Suong.
Themed "Agriculture of High Quality and Sustainable Development", the forum features a series of events, including an Entrepreneur Conference, Farmers Forum, International Consultant Conference, Economic Forum Steering Committee Conference and a Mekong Fruits Fair.
At the International Consultant Conference, delegates will discuss four scenarios on how to develop the Delta in the context of coping with climate change.
Meanwhile, the Trade Promotion Conference is expected to establish an association of Delta businesses to gather their ideas and economic strength. VNS