Mekong Delta leaders on November 25 held a meeting with representatives of diplomatic missions from 10 countries and territories and several international organisations as part of the 2013 Mekong Delta Economic Cooperation Forum in Vinh Long province.

Through joint and group discussions, the Vietnamese officials briefed the guests on the potential, strength and preferential policies of the region and each locality within.

They noted that despite great efforts to attract investment, the region has to date received about 4 billion USD in official development assistance (ODA), accounting for 7 percent of the total ODA capital that countries, territories and international organisations have poured into Vietnam.

The region’s foreign direct investment also occupies only 2.2 percent of the total capital attracted to Vietnam, reaching 11 billion USD.

During the meeting, regional representatives expressed their wish for more foreign investment to enable upgrading infrastructure, building schools and hospitals, implementing projects to deal with climate change and developing an industry based on the strength of agricultural products

The Mekong Delta region comprises of 12 provinces: An Giang, Bac Lieu, Ben Tre, Ca Mau, Dong Thap, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Long An, Soc Trang, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh and Vinh Long, and one city - Can Tho, with a total area of 40,000 square kilometres and a population of 18 million. It is the largest granary of the country.-VNA