Entrepreneurs, businesses win awards in Mekong Delta hinh anh 1Outstanding entrepreneurs and businesses in the Mekong Delta are honoured with awards at the ceremony in Can Tho city on October 7 (Photo: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) – A ceremony was held in Can Tho city on October 7 to honour outstanding entrepreneurs and businesses in the Mekong Delta that have considerably contributed to local and national development.

Director of the Can Tho branch of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Nguyen Phuong Lam said among the 198 entrepreneur and business candidates chosen from 2,000 companies in the Mekong Delta, 108 were eligible for recognition.

Twenty-eight firms won the “Outstanding Business of the Mekong Delta in 2019” award, while 53 businesspeople were presented with the “Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Mekong Delta in 2019” title.

The best 10 firms were awarded the “Golden Crane” title, which is named after a rare bird species found in the Mekong Delta, to mark the 10th anniversary of the commendation ceremony.

At the event, Vice Chairman of the Can Tho People’s Committee Duong Tan Hien said over the last nine months, the city had recorded economic and social progress. Its industrial production rose 7.54 percent, total retail sales of goods and services were up 10.84 percent, and export turnover was up 8.88 percent from the same period in 2018. Besides, Can Tho welcomed more than 7 million visitors and gained 3.39 trillion VND (146.14 million USD) in tourism revenue.

He attributed these successes partly to contributions by businesses and entrepreneurs in the city as well as the Mekong Delta.

During the nine months, 1,115 new companies were established in Can Tho with a total registered capital of 9.9 trillion VND. The city also attracted eight foreign investment projects worth 9.3 million USD. Additionally, local authorities approved in principle 18 projects worth 25 trillion VND invested by non-State businesses.

These achievements indicate that Can Tho’s efforts to improve its business climate and encourage entrepreneurship have proven fruitful, enhancing businesses and entrepreneurs’ trust in the city, Hien said./.