Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked Can Tho city to be more creative and dynamic in reforming its economic structure and expanding its export markets in order to become a leading driver of development in the Mekong Delta region.

While working with local top-ranking officials on April 26, PM Dung suggested the locality pay more attention to the processing industry and technology application to production. He added that they must effectively implement policies on investment attraction and promotion.

He also stressed the need for Can Tho city to carry out more drastic measures to combine the building of new-style rural areas with poverty reduction and vocational training in order to improve the living conditions of rural residents.

During the working session, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said that as a hub of the Mekong Delta region, Can Tho needs to proactively put forth its own policies and methods to reach greater development in health, science-technology, education and training.

Dam spoke highly of the city’s proposal to pilot the application of power-point lectures, which will reduce the shortcomings of current textbooks.

There are now 16 localities registering to apply this model at their schools, he added.

In the first quarter of 2014, Can Tho city posted a GDP growth of 8.32 percent.

This year, it is continuing to focus on solving difficulties for its enterprises, boosting production, increasing competitiveness in business and calling for investment in its advantageous fields.-VNA