|President Truong Tan Sang has a working session with the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
CAN THO (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang yesterday stated that the agriculture-reliant Mekong Delta will continue to grow on the back of more capital inflows.
During a working session with the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, the President asked the committee to weigh opportunities and challenges ahead when Viet Nam joins a number of free trade agreements in order to make appropriate preparations for integration.
He urged localities in the region to spread effective farming models to lift farmers out of a middle-income trap.
In regards to climate change, he requested mechanisms to mobilise foreign resources and the use of advanced construction techniques to ensure effective long-term investment.
The President also called for developing transport routes connecting HCM City with the southwestern region to facilitate the trade of goods and farm produce.
According to the committee, the region has harvested 3.1 milllion tonnes of rice and 3.3 million tonnes of aquatic products since early this year.
It has raked in US$10.9 billion from exports, contributed VND71 trillion ($3.22 billion) to the State budget and recognised 236 out of 260 communes as new-style rural areas. — VNS