Can Tho achieved and impressively surpassed many of its socio-economic goals in the first six months of the year, according to Tran Thanh Man, Secretary of the city’s Party Committee.

At a conference held on July 1 to review the socio-economic activities of the first six months and determine plans for the second half of the year, Man revealed the city’s economic growth reached 9.19 percent.

The rate is 1.5 times higher than the national average of 6.28 percent and the highest among five centrally-governed cities.

The tourism sector served more than one million tourists, equal to 73 percent of the year’s target and up 60 percent yearly, generating a revenue of 970 billion VND (44.5 million USD), an 85 percent surge from the same period last year.

The city’s budget collection reached 8.82 trillion VND (404.4 million USD) in the first half of the year, a 50 percent increase against the same period.

In addition, the city ensured order and security, actively prevented fires and reduced the number of collective appeals.

The city revoked licences from delayed projects, addressed issues faced by enterprises and reduced pollution by building garbage incinerators.

Can Tho, however, fell short in some sectors such as drawing social capital into production and business, improving urban infrastructure and addressing river bank erosions.

In order to achieve the goals set for the year, the Party official asked department leaders to raise their sense of responsibility and bring a dynamic and innovative spirit to the table.-VNA