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Can Tho (VNA) – A host of measures were proposed at a seminar on December 15 to turn the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho into an industrialised one before 2020.

Tran The Nhu Hiep from the Socio-Economic Institute under the municipal People’s Committee suggested Can Tho focus on industrialisation, human resources and scientific-technological development, urbanisation and environmental protection.

The city should prioritise key industrial sectors with high competitiveness, especially the support industry, he said.

At the same time, the locality was advised to pay more heed to attracting investment to industrial areas and clusters such as Hung Phu I and II, Thot Not and Bac O Mon, as well as agricultural and aquatic product processing in districts.

To win the set status, the city has set forth specific development strategies which emphasise growth model reform, the mobilisation of different resources, industrial restructuring and technological transfer, among others.

According to the municipal People’s Committee, Can Tho has so far fulfilled 15 out of the 16 socio-economic development targets in 2015.

The gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated to reach over 78 trillion VND (3.4 billion USD), a year-on-year increase of 12.28 percent. Industry, construction, and services make up 93.42 percent of the local economic structure while agriculture, forestry, and seafood account for 6.58 percent.

The city has attracted 12 investment projects worth 30.6 million USD into industrial parks this year, raising the total number of valid projects to 220.-VNA