|The district's agriculture sector accounts for 35.3 per cent of its economy; industry, 24.1 per cent; and services, 40.6 per cent. — File Photo
HCM CITY (VNS) — The chairman of the HCM City People's Committee Le Hoang Quan has asked Can Gio District to better exploit its marine potential and resources as well as tourism to develop a marine economy.
Speaking at the opening of the 11th Party Congress of Can Gio District on Thursday, Quan said Can Gio should continue restructuring its economy toward urban agriculture and tourism services with advanced technologies.
Can Gio accounts for one-third of the city's total area and is surrounded by large rivers and sea waters.
The district has achieved economic growth of 10 per cent a year over the past five years, according to the district's People's Committee.
The district's agriculture sector accounts for 35.3 per cent of its economy; industry, 24.1 per cent; and services, 40.6 per cent.
The fisheries sector is the district's key economy sector.
Last year, the district's aquaculture production, mostly shrimp, crabs and oysters, yielded value of VND2.1 trillion (US$100 million). Salt output also reached 110,000 tonnes last year.
Besides developing aquaculture, mostly shrimp breeding, the district has had policies to diversify the cultivation of various kinds of crops and animals.
The development of infrastructure such as roads, electricity and clean water has helped improved the lives of local people in recent years. The district has no dilapidated houses.
Quan said Can Gio was still the city's poorest district and its development had not met its potential.
The effectiveness of production models had not been stable and the application of technologies limited, he said.
Offshore fishing facilities and seafood processing technologies were still outdated, he said.
Quan said Can Gio should create policies to call on investors to invest in mangrove forests, good river land, and water for fish farms to develop a sustainable agricultural economy.
The district should focus on producing traditional products served for tourism, he said.
He also told local authorities to create conditions for the Ben Luc – Can Gio – Long Thanh expressway to be implemented soon.
Can Gio's submerged forest, which is an UNESCO recognised Biosphere Reserve, covers more than 38,000ha.
The submerged forest is considered HCM City's "green lung" and is an attractive tourism destination.
The district receives about 430,000 tourists a year. — VNS