Illustrative photo. (Source: VNA)

Tien Giang (VNA) – The Prime Minister has issued a decision recognising six communes of the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang as island communes.

Accordingly, the newly-recognised island communes include Tan Thoi, Tan Phu, Phu Thanh, Phu Dong, Phu Tan and Tan Thanh, of Tan Phu Dong district.

The island communes will be entitled to preferential policies designed for island communes as regulated by law.   

Tien Giang has rich aquatic supply, including freshwater and saltwater fish. The province is home to 70,000 ha of orchards with numerous special fruits and dense river and canal networks which benefit ecotourism development. Many fruits, vegetables, and other products are sold on Cai Be Floating Market.

According to the Prime Minister’s decision, an island commune must satisfy two criteria on natural land and settlement of citizens or armed forces.

Relevant authorities need to base on Decision 568/QD-TTg dated on April 28, 2010 approving the development planning on Vietnamese island economy to 2020 to draw up socio-economic development plans for the recognised communes while carrying out other preferential policies for island communes issued by the Government.-VNA