|A stretch of the Vo Van Kiet Street in Can Tho City. — VNA/VNS Photo Duy Khuong
CAN THO (VNS)— Can Tho city should tap every opportunity to fulfill its potential as a gateway for areas downstream the Mekong River in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, Le Hong Anh, Politburo Member and a Permanent Member of the Communist Party of Viet Nam's Central Committee's Secretariat, said yesterday.
Speaking at a meeting held yesterday to mark the 10th anniversary of Can Tho becoming a central-level city, he said the city should also strive to develop into an industrial centre, as well as a centre for trade and services, education and training, science and technology, healthcare and culture, he said.
To achieve that goal, the city should mobilise and effectively use its available resources to boost competitiveness and economic development at a rapid but sustainable pace, Anh added.
An attempt should also be made to shift the economic structure towards industry, services and highly advanced agriculture. In addition, efforts should continue at developing a socio-economic infrastructure, culture, healthcare, education and training, poverty reduction, as well as improving the living conditions of local residents, he noted.
The city's Party Committee Secretary, Tran Thanh Man, said Can Tho has taken efforts to develop rapidly despite several challenges over the past 10 years.
The city recorded an average annual GDP growth of 14.5 per cent during 2004-2013, while the annual per capita income increased by six times to VND63 million ($3,000) by 2013.
During this period, the city has poured investments into building transport infrastructure, such as bridges, national highways, airports and commercial centres.
Apart from economic development, the city has also focused on promoting healthcare, education, job generation and poverty reduction programmes, he noted.
However, shortcomings remain and the city's development has not yet fulfilled its potential, he added, citing unequal infrastructure development, low human resource quality and the limited application of science and technology as major reasons.
The city has a total population of 1.2 million and a total area of 1,400sq.km. — VNS