Mekong Delta provinces are working together to develop a strategy to raise their industrial production value to 302 trillion VND by 2015, accounting for 40 percent of the region's total GDP.

To achieve this target, the provinces will speed up the Ca Mau gas-power-fertiliser project and the O Mon electric power plant in order to supply sufficient energy for production.

They will develop industrial axes connecting Long An-Tien Giang-Can Tho, Can Tho-An Giang-Kien Giang, and Can Tho-Soc Trang-Bac Lieu-Ca Mau.

The provinces will promote cooperation with Ho Chi Minh City and the southeastern region to develop industries based on each province’s advantages, with a focus on processing seafood and agricultural products.

Under the strategy, the delta will set up 36 more industrial zones and complete their sea port system, capable of handling 10,000-tonne ships, build the Ho Chi Minh City-Can Tho highway, and upgrade roads linking Can Tho to Ca Mau and Kien Giang.

A regional industrial zones association will be set up to coordinate efforts in attracting more investment. Local governments plan to cooperate with research institutes and universities with a view to boosting technology transfer and the application of scientific advances in production. More attention will be paid to training the local workforce.

Besides, businesses in the region will receive support in mobilising capital and improving their competitiveness. Another goal is to create brand names for local products, first of all farm produce and seafood.-VNA