The North Central and Central Coastal Region will be further developed to become a convenient gateway for Vietnamese goods destined for Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar.

This is part of a government’s master plan on socio-economic development in the region until 2020, which was announced by the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the Khanh Hoa provincial People’s Committee in Nha Trang city on December 27.

Under the plan, priority will be given to investment in four areas in the region, including the central key economic area that comprises the provinces of Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh and the city of Da Nang.

The plan also focuses on upgrading central urban areas in the cities of Da Nang, Hue (Thua Thien-Hue province), Vinh (Nghe An province) and Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa province).

Economic zones such as Chu Lai in Quang Nam province, Dung Quat in Quang Ngai province and Lao Bao in Quang Tri province will be upgraded in line with economic restructuring in the localities.

Additionally, more attention will be paid to improving roads, seaports, airports, irrigation works, the power system and infrastructure in the region, while focus will be placed on aquaculture, service and tourism development.-VNA