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Mekong targets GDP rise

Update: April, 06/2013 - 08:54
HA NOI (VNS)— The Mekong Delta region has planned to raise the average income per capita to VND36 million (US$1,700) this year.

It was an increase of VND3.7 million ($176) compared to last year, said the South-western Region Steering Committee.

The region would be developed comprehensively in agriculture, industry, trade, service and tourism to achieve the goal.

As a strong contributor, the agriculture sector's growth would be accelerated followed by the diversification of products and intensive farming, according to the committee.

Areas specialising in cultivating rice, fruit trees and short-term cash crops would be established along with the development of plants for industrial materials and producing animal feed.

Advancements in the aquaculture industry would be implemented along with multi-target irrigation systems and agro-aqua product processing facilities.

In the industrial sector, priorities would be given to small and medium operations with a focus on the imminent utilisation of gas in the South-western sea area for the gas. The gas would further support the growth of the electricity and fertiliser industry, industrial zones and sea transport.

Phu Quoc Island district of Kien Giang Province would be developed into a tourism centre while Can Tho City is expected to become an industrial, trading and service centre, utilised as a driving force for the entire region's development.

Priorities would be also given in handling pressing issues, such as land and water environment protection and job generation.

The national target programme on poverty elimination would be implemented comprehensively along with supported policies in housing, clean water, land and social security with an aim to help the more impoverished to expand production and trade. — VNS

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