An overview of Can Tho city (Source: VNA)
 
Can Tho (VNA) – The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho is expected to fulfil all 13 of its set targets this year, said Director of the municipal Department of Planning and Investment Nguyen Van Hong at a municipal Party Committee meeting on October 1.

More specifically, eight out of 13 goals will just be met, including the gross regional domestic product (GRDP) up 7.5 percent and the average GRDP per capita hitting 80.48 million VND (3,490 USD).

Total investment in the locality will hit 56.1 trillion VND (2.43 billion USD), the proportion of skilled workers will reach 72 percent, and the rate of poor households will be reduced to 1.55 percent. Health insurance will cover 82.5 percent of the population, while 91 percent of solid waste in urban areas will be collected.

The remaining targets will be surpassed, including revenue of exported goods and services hitting 1.847 billion USD, up 3.2 percent from the plan. The State budget collection will surpass the plan by 1.04 percent to 11.191 trillion VND, while an additional six communes will be recognised as new-style rural areas. The rate of households accessing clean water will reach 84.7 percent, 0.2 percent higher than the target.

In the first nine months of this year, the city’s industrial production rose by 8.05 percent year-on-year, tourism activity increased by 10.7 percent in terms of arrivals and 17 percent in revenue, and exports and services went up 14.7 percent.

Several important targets were yet to be me in the period, including disbursement for infrastructure construction, State budget collection from foreign-invested firms, and industry-trade-services from non-State sector, as well as slow planning in five districts.

Hong said the city is devising a socio-economic development and budget allocation plan for 2019 and plans to hire foreign consultants for the work.

He asked the city to accelerate the disbursement of public capital, and State budget collection revenue for the State budget from foreign-invested firms and non-State industry-trade-services; gear capital towards agriculture, rural areas, export, support industry, small and medium-sized enterprises, high technology, and startups, all towards creating more favourable conditions for businesses. –VNA