The second consultation conference for the Mekong Delta Plan (MDP) was held in My Tho city, Tien Giang province, on December 5 with the participation of 160 delegates.

The conference, jointly held by Steering Committee of the Southwestern Region, the People’s Committee of Tien Giang and relevant ministries, was part of the 2012 Mekong Delta Economic Cooperation (MDEC) forum – Tien Giang.

Establishing the MDP was a key motion outlined in the strategic partnership agreement between Vietnam and the Netherlands on climate change adaptation and water management.

The Mekong Delta is an area with advantages in land, labour and water resources that can serve sustainable growth. With strong agricultural development, people in the area have seen rising standards of living, and now agricultural products from the region are available for both domestic consumption and export.

However, the delta is also an area that suffers from the impact of climate change. Solutions are required to deal with these challenges in the future.

The MDP was set up to build and maintain a prosperous Mekong Delta, targeting socio-economic development, a strong and dynamic economy, and climate change adaptation.

The first MDP consultation conference was held in Can Tho city, in April 2012.-VNA