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The Steering Committee for the Southwest Region and the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) pledged to join hands to develop the electricity network in the region.

An agreement to this effect was signed on September 3 in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, witnessed by representatives from the EVN and regional authorities.

The committee will work with localities and sectors to develop incentives for implementing key electricity projects in the Mekong Delta region. Meanwhile, the EVN will provide financial support for social welfare activities, targeting impoverished people, social beneficiaries, and students in the region.

Addressing the signing ceremony, Duong Quang Thanh, Chairman of the EVN’s Member Council, said the group will accelerate the implementation of electricity projects in Ho Chi Minh City and other localities to help boost local socio-economic development.

Focus will also be on developing electricity networks in Soc Trang and Ca Mau provinces in order to ensure electricity supply for shrimp-farming areas, Thanh added.

From 2016-2020, the group will devote investments to expanding its network nationwide, especially in rural areas and islands, in order to fulfil the criteria of the new-style rural area building programme and improve local residents’ living conditions.

Deputy Head of the committee Nguyen Phong Quang hailed the significant contributions of the EVN to the Mekong Delta achievements, saying it has helped more than 90 percent of local residents connect with the national power grid.

During the occasion, the EVN donated 1.5 billion VND (66,000 USD) to help disadvantaged children in the region.-VNA