The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho is calling upon domestic and foreign investors to get involved in 18 projects across five sectors, including industry, trade, transport, urban infrastructure and tourism.

This information was released at a conference to promote investment in Can Tho City on August 28. It attracted the representatives from the Ministries of Planning and Investment and Industry and Trade as well as domestic companies and potential investors from Japan, the US, Indonesia and Singapore.

By 2020, Can Tho plans to develop six urban areas, including the Ninh Kieu-Binh Thuy centre, Cai Rang port, Binh Thuy-O Mon industrial zone, the O Mon hi-tech zone, Thot Not industrial and service park and Phong Dien eco-tourism resort.

The city needs to upgrade its transport infrastructure including national highways 1A, 91, 91B, 80, the Ho Chi Minh City-Can Tho, Vi Thanh-Can Tho and Bon Tong-Mot Ngan expressways, the HCM City-Can Tho railway, Can Tho port complex and Tra Noc Airport .

Situated in the centre of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho City boasts an annual GDP growth of 15.6 percent and a per-capita income of 1,444 USD, the highest level in the region. It contributes 10.9 percent of the whole region’s GDP.

Under a Politburo resolution, by 2020, Can Tho will be developed into an economic, cultural, educational and international transport centre for the Mekong region./.