NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan speaks at the meeting with voters of Military Region 9 in Can Tho city (Photo: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) – Voters who are members of the armed forces in Military Region 9 put forth a range of opinions about the socio-economic development in the Mekong Delta while meeting with National Assembly (NA) deputies on December 5.

On behalf of NA deputies of Can Tho city, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan informed the local constituents about the outcomes of the 14th parliament’s second session.

Applauding those outcomes, the voters said although the Mekong Delta is an agricultural hub, there remains many implicit risks to its agriculture, aquaculture and fishing. There are also problems in health care, education-training, human resource development, employment, and social welfares.

Colonel Doan Thanh Xuan, of the Military Region 9’s Political Department said the State should have more policies focusing on the Mekong Delta such as those on promoting hi-tech agriculture, bio-technology and post-harvest technology so as to produce high-quality products able to compete in global markets.

Other voters voiced concerns about environmental protection, climate change response, saltwater intrusion, and coastal erosion. They also called for the acceleration of the demarcation of land border and border marker planting.

Colonel Nguyen Thanh Hai from the Staff of Military Region 9 said the Party and State should enhance the effectiveness of border roads, forest protection and job provision for ethnic minority people living along the border.

Having applauded the voters’ opinions, Chairwoman Ngan said the State has earmarked budget to build border roads in the next five years to boost border economy and ensure national defence and security.

She admitted that despite its significant contributions to Vietnam’s economic growth, the Mekong Delta is still lagging behind other regions in terms of health care, education, and infrastructure.

Aside from the development planning for the whole region, each locality in the Mekong Delta has also had its own development strategy. They need to optimise their advantages and connect with each another to fuel socio-economic development of the entire Delta, which consists of Can Tho city and 12 provinces, she said.-VNA