Newly-appointed heads of Vietnamese representative agencies abroad will communicate the potential of the Central Highlands to the world, thereby inviting investment into the region for its sustainable development.

Deputy Foreign Minister and Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong, who led a delegation of the newly-appointed heads for the 2015-2018 tenure, was speaking to a working session with the Steering Committee for the Central Highlands in Buon Ma Thuot city, Dak Lak province on June 1.

Tran Viet Hung, deputy head of the committee, briefed the delegation on the regional socio-economic development prospects, saying that its 2014 total production climbed 8.74 percent annually and exports hit a record rise of 49.3 percent to 2.5 billion USD.

The total revenue to the State budget increased by 9.2 percent while the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita reached 1,640 USD, up 13.6 percent and equivalent to 81 percent of the country’s GDP per capita.

The region is home to over 570,000ha of coffee that generates 1.2 million tonnes of coffee beans per year, or 94 percent of the nation’s total, and more than 60,000ha of pepper trees with a total yearly output of 80,000 tonnes.

The corn, tea, cashew nut, rubber, sugar cane and cassava output account for 18-26 percent of those recorded by whole nation.

However, its economy still falls behind others across the country due to failure to tap its potential to the fullest and underdeveloped infrastructure, especially in transport and irrigation.-VNA