The Mekong Delta Economic Cooperation Forum (MDEC) 2014 will take place in Soc Trang province from July 5-7, focusing on restructuring the agricultural sector and building new-style areas in the region, announced representatives from the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region at a meeting in Can Tho city on July 4.

A string of workshops and conferences on how to raise agricultural value chains and further promote investment in agricultural production will be organised during the event.

The forum will also discuss orientations and plans to foster cooperation between the regional localities and Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi and others across the country.

The MDEC – Soc Trang 2014 will coincide with the renowned Ok Om Bok Festival of the Khmer ethnic people, aiming to promote tourism, investment and trade, and popularise local traditional cultural values to domestic and international friends.

Nguyen Phong Quang, deputy head of the Steering Committee, said this annual event aims to attract more investment to the region and seek measures to further ensure regional social security.-VNA