Connectivity for Central Highlands economic development, especially in terms of infrastructure, tourism and value chains of several farm produces, was the dominant topic of a workshop held in Buon Ma Thuot city in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on July 24.

Participants proposed mechanisms rallying resources for transport and irrigation infrastructure, including stepping up the progress of road projects connecting the Central Highlands with the south central and southeast regions, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang.

According to them, a regional transport infrastructure foundation should be established.

Several raised an idea to set up a regional tourism coordinating board to link the Central Highlands with other localities and seek support from ministries and agencies.

Another board is also expected to assist with the development of value chains of key farm produce and extend the commercial reach of coffee, pepper and rubber.

They also agreed to establish a regional foundation that will foster connectivity models in coffee production, processing, preservation and consumption up to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) standards.

The event was co-hosted by the Steering Committee for the Central Highlands, the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission and the Vietnam Economic Times.-VNA