Mekong Delta provinces have set this year’s average income per capita goal at 36 million VND (1,700 USD), up 3.7 million VND against last year.

In order to realise this objective, the provinces should focus on comprehensive development across every aspect of agriculture, industry, trade, services and tourism.

As agriculture is the region’s strongpoint, the diversification of products as well as intensive cultivation based on each locality’s strength should be focused on.

Regarding industry, the region should attach importance to small- and medium-sized manufacturing, exploit the sea’s potential and promote the efficiency of maritime transportation and industrial zones.

Increasing production capability, quality of agro-aquatic exports and construction materials, along with developing tourism and services - especially eco-tourism and the transformation of Phu Quoc into an international trading and tourist centre and Can Tho into an industrial, commercial and services centre – require significant thought and care.

In addition, technology and transport upgrades, social problems relating to environmental protection, job creation, poverty reduction and social welfare are also pressing the localities.-VNA