Customers are looking at products displayed at the 9th Mekong Delta Economic Cooperation Forum (MDEC). (Source: VNA)

Hau Giang (VNA) – Various solutions to the development of enterprises in the Mekong Delta were discussed at the Mekong Delta Business Forum, which was held in Hau Giang province on July 13.

Le Hung Dung, Deputy Head of the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region, said most enterprises in the region are of small or medium scale with weak competitiveness, so they need support from the central and local governments via administrative reform with a one-stop mechanism.

According to Vo Tan Thanh, Vice President of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), the forum, as part of the 9th Mekong Delta Economic Cooperation Forum (MDEC), is expected to open up opportunities for Mekong Delta businesses to forge links among them and with other counterparts at home and aboard.

It offers a chance for central and local agencies to study local enterprises’ difficulties and listen to their ideas and proposals, thus taking more practical and timely measures to support them, he added.

The Mekong Delta now boasts 60,000 operational enterprises, making up 12 percent of the country’s total number.

In the first six months of this year, the region had close to 4,000 newly-registered enterprises with a combined capital of nearly 40,000 billion VND (1.76 billion USD), up 9 percent and 28 percent, respectively, year-on-year.-VNA