The Mekong Delta Key Economic Zone saw its combined industrial production value of the January-June period grow by 10.2 percent year on year to 101 trillion VND (4.8 billion USD), according to the Central Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region.

The zone encompasses Can Tho City and three provinces of An Giang, Kien Giang and Ca Mau.

The steering committee attributed the high growth to the localities’ right policy to focus resources on their competitive industries, which are farm and aquatic produce processing, garment, leather and footwear, electronics, pharmaceuticals, mechanical devices, and consumer goods.

In particular, the region has rearranged state enterprises operating in aquatic processing, the region’s top strength, to enhance their operation efficiency, while building more factories of high capacity in major aquaculture areas in Ca Mau and Kien Giang

At the same time, the region has invested in expanding sectors of great potential, such as oil and gas, mechanical manufacturing, chemicals, fertilizer and construction materials.

The building of three major electric power complexes – O Mon, Ca Mau and Kien Luong – with capacities ranging from 9,000-9,400MW has ensured power supply for industrial production in the region.

According to the Government’s plan to 2020, the Mekong Delta Key Economic Zone will serve as an industrial-trade-service hub of the Mekong Delta region as well as a major power centre of the entire country. It will also be a major tourism centre.

The Mekong Delta comprises 12 provinces and one centrally-run city with a total area of 40,000 square kilometres and a population of 18 million.-VNA