|On Phu Quoc Island alone, there are 112 projects with an area of 4,850ha and investment of more than VND135 trillion ($6.42 billion).— Photo baohaiquan
KIEN GIANG (VNS) — Southern Kien Giang Province will focus on administrative reforms and improve project management capacity to speed up marine economic projects, said vice chairman of the provincial People's Committee Le Khac Ghi.
He said that priority would be given to projects on infrastructure development, including transport, seaport, storm shelters, growing sea products and processing.
The province also wants to develop a project to mitigate the impacts of climate change and rising sea levels, environmental protection and efficient resource exploitation.
In the last three years, statistics from the province's Planning and Investment Department show that provinces granted 340 projects to develop coastal and island areas with total investment of VND166.5 trillion (US$7.93 billion).
The projects cover a total area of nearly 20,200 ha.
On Phu Quoc Island alone, there are 112 projects with an area of 4,850ha and investment of more than VND135 trillion ($6.42 billion).
Now, the province has 183 operational projects focusing on breeding, processing farm produce and seafood, transport system and tourism services.
"There is potential to attract investors to sea-based projects," Ghi said, noting two projects on expanding water-supply companies Rach Gia and Ha Tien, the tourism-area projects of Hon Trem-Chua Hang, Mui Nai-Ha Tien, Bai Vong Port and An Hoa Culture Park.
Ghi said that the province was facing difficulties because of poor infrastructure in coastal and island areas, particularly relating to transport, power and water supplies.
Some projects were delayed because of time-consuming work like plan making, plan adjustment and cumbersome investment procedures, Ghi said.
"Improvement project management capacity and administrative simplification are the key to speeding up projects," he said.
Kien Giang emerged as an economic spotlight in the Mekong Delta in 2013, with an economic growth rate hitting 9.4 percent, ranking fourth among the 13 provinces and cities in the delta. — VNS