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South-east, Mekong Delta regions to prioritise transport infrastructure

Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung has urged localities in the south-east and Mekong Delta regions to develop transport infrastructure by diversifying the sources of and effectively using capital over the next five years.

Vam Cong Bridge across Hau River in the Mekong Delta. VNA/VNS Photo

Speaking at a conference on socio-economic development in the two regions, he called on them to lay out their objectives and priorities for public investment in 2021-25 to ensure “focused and effective investment.”

“The socio-economic plans need to be consistent with and build on the achievements of the last five years.”

Development should focus on people, narrowing the development gap between various regions, ensuring social security, and reducing poverty.

“Strict management and control of public investment is needed to minimise losses to the government exchequer and squander.”

The south-eastern region must prioritise resources for developing ports, airports and roads linking ports.

The delta region must focus on resolving challenges related to transportation, water storage, and riverbank and coastal erosion. 

Provinces and cities in the two regions would be able to take advantage of the shift of global investment flows by 2025, attracting large-scale and hi-tech investment to create value chains. They would also speed up administrative reform, and improve the investment and business climate.

Global supply chains would be created in the south-eastern region, which would promote HCM City’s role as an economic locomotive. 

The delta would be able to achieve higher per capita income, and high-tech farming would account for a larger proportion of the delta region’s economy. 

Resources would be used efficiently to turn the Mekong Delta into a prosperous region adapted to climate change.

Economist Le Dang Doanh also stressed the importance of investment in infrastructure in the Mekong Delta.

“In addition to public resources, it is necessary to mobilise investment from the private sector for building infrastructure in the region.”

Recently Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc instructed the Ministry of Transport to give priority to building the Can Tho - Ca Mau Expressway in 2021-25. 

He also wanted the ministry to solicit private investment for the HCM City - Trung Luong - My Thuan - Can Tho - Ca Mau highway. 

He particularly ordered the completion of the Trung Luong – My Thuan Expressway this year and open it to traffic in 2021.

“Public investment plans for the next five years need to include projects and programmes important to national development like the North-South Expressway, coastal roads and digital economy.”  VNS


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