Over 12.2 trillion VND (581 million USD) was spent on building new rural areas in 54 communes across the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang from 2010 to 2012, giving them a facelift and advancing locals’ material and spiritual lives.

According to the Steering Committee of the National Target Programme on Building New Rural Areas of the province, the money was sourced from the State budget, bank credits and businesses, among others.

Priorities were given to such fields as transport, irrigation works, cultural facilities, medical stations, housing, water for household consumption, production assistance, science-technology transfer, and vocational training.

In 2012, the province’s economic growth stood at 14.13 percent while the total value of the agro-forestry-fisheries production reached 4.8 trillion VND (228.7 million USD).

Up to 1,853km of asphalt and concrete roads and 1,530 bridges with a total length of 30.8km were also built from 2009 to 2013.-VNA