Phu Quoc Island of the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang is set to become an eco-tourism and international trading centre.

Under the province’s maritime economic development programme for the period 2011-2015, Kien Giang will focus its investment in areas where it excels such as fishing, tourism, maritime transport, fishery services, the production of construction materials and processing of agricultural products.

The province is also expected to become a leader in maritime operations and will introduce socio-economic development combined with national security.

Having so much potential for maritime economic development, Kien Giang also has the advantage of having two border gate economic zones – Duong Dong and Ha Tien. It also boasts a lot of beautiful countryside and is in an excellent position to develop its trade, services and tourist industry.

The government has also defined Kien Giang as key for the protection of the country’s maritime borders.

The Mekong Delta province’s maritime economy is currently undergoing a comprehensive development.

A wide range of methods have been applied to aquaculture, raising the volume of aquatic products to 396,600 tonnes in 2011, up by 84,982 tonnes compared with 2006.

More attention is now being paid to the network of ports and harbours, including An Thoi, Duong Dong, Tho Chau, Nam Du, To Chau and Tac Cau ports.

Local people have seen their living standards improved and political security and social order ensured.-VNA