Can Tho should strive to promote regional links: Politburo member hinh anh 1National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan addresses the Party congress of Can Tho city on September 24 (Photo: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) - National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on September 24 requested that Can Tho city be well aware of its role and position in the Mekong Delta region, as well as its responsibility for boosting regional connectivity.

Attending the municipal Party organisation’s congress for the 2020-2025 tenure, the Politburo member stressed that Can Tho does not have to be at the top in all fields, but in general cannot develop slower than other localities in the region. It therefore needs to maximise its potential and advantages and foster regional coordination, particularly in trade and investment promotion.

It is also important to increase the efficiency of land and rural resource use and management, environmental protection, and climate change adaptation, she added, emphasising the necessity for the city to act as a model in the Delta region in these tasks.

The official urged the city to soon complete the building and effective enforcement of its planning until 2030 with a vision to 2050, and at the same time pilot building smart urban areas and a new urban governance model in several districts in the 2020-2025 period.

To achieve rapid and sustainable development, Can Tho should focus on the processing industry, hi-tech agriculture, and high-value services, and consider the processing of agricultural and aquatic products as a spearhead of the industrial sector.

Ngan also highlighted the importance of handling the relationship between economic and cultural development appropriately, as well as improving high-quality human resources and health care, preserving and promoting the value of cultural heritage, intensifying technological applications, and improving the capacity of the locality and businesses in international integration.

Can Tho should associate socio-economic development plans with those to build defensive postures and strictly and effectively carry out Party resolutions, especially those related to Party building, she suggested.

Over the past five years, Can Tho has enjoyed positive economic growth, with gross regional domestic product (GRDP) posting average annual growth of 7.53 percent.

All the 36 communes and four districts of the city meet all of the new-style rural area building criteria./.