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PM Dung views progress in southern province of Ca Mau

Update: January, 31/2012 - 09:44


A view of the Ca Mau Fertiliser Plant in the southernmost province of Ca Mau. — VNA/VNS Photo Quoc La
CA MAU — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Dam Cung Bridge as part of his working visit to the southernmost province of Ca Mau.

With the development of the 668-metre long, 12-metre wide bridge, the northern part of the province would be effectively linked by road to southern part, Dung said.

"The construction of the bridge, one component of north-south Ho Chi Minh Highway project, played an important role not only for Ca Mau itself but for the southwest region as a whole," he emphasised.

The operation of Dam Cung Bridge along with Can Tho Bridge would put an end to decades of ferry services over several parts of the National Highway 1A.

The bridge was the last piece of the inter-province Ho Chi Minh Highway that connected the southern end of the country to the rest, which would help improve inter-regional trade and transport facilities and connect key economic hubs and industrial zones.

The investment for this bridge, whose construction kicked off in January 2009, was more than VND350 billion (US$16.7 million).

Prime Minister Dung also attended yesterday the launch of the first commercial product at the Ca Mau Fertiliser Plant in U Minh District's Khanh Anh Commune after 40 months of preparation.

The plant, running at full capacity, will manufacture 800,000 tonnes of urea a year, which would meet 40 per cent of the national demand.

The Ca Mau Fertiliser Plant, was the last component of the Ca Mau Gas-Power-Fertiliser Complex that had been implemented under the Prime Ministerial decision dating back to 2001.

This was one of the key national projects with an aim to secure a stable supply of fertiliser for the nation until 2025.

The Ca Mau Gas-Power-Fertiliser Complex, once in full operation, will produce industrial output worth VND34 trillion ($1.62 billion) and generate jobs for some 1,200 people, mainly local residents.

Earlier on Sunday, he took part in a working session with local authorities and requested Ca Mau, the leading seafood exporting province, to make major breakthroughs in this field.

The province should come up with policies that drive the sustainable growth of aquatic farming in a way that links seafood processing plants with farming areas, which in turn will generate more jobs for local people. — VNS

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