CAN THO (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh yesterday asked the southwest region to focus on boosting production and expanding output.
He was attending a year-end conference in Can Tho City to assess the region's socio-economic development in 2012.
Ninh said he recognised the region had 10 per cent economic growth in 2012 but it still had many shortcomings, such as poor applied technology, co-ordination between government agencies and sectors and quality of agricultural products for export and domestic consumption.
For 2013, Ninh called on provinces to focus on industrial development, production and solving issues related to the real estate market, such as bad credit. The southwest region must also further implement education reforms and social protection policies and integrate socio-economic development efforts with new rural programmes.
The southwest steering committee has set the target for the region's economic growth at 10-11 per cent and to increase average per capita income annually to VND37m (US$1,850) per year, and total export to US$11 billion, while reducing the number of poor households.
The committee also called for policies that would benefit the region as a whole, focusing on products such as rice, fruit and seafood.
The southwest includes Long An, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Vinh Long, Dong Thap, An Giang, Kien Giang, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau provinces and Can Tho City. — VNS