The 2013 Mekong Delta Economic Cooperation Forum (MDEC Vinh Long 2013) is scheduled to be held in southern Vinh Long province from November 21 to 24.

Under the theme ‘Mekong Delta towards the Green Economy', MDEC Vinh Long 2013 comprises a series of events, including the 2013 Conference on Investment Promotion and Social Welfare for the Mekong Delta region and the 2013 Mekong Delta Business Forum.

In announcing the conference at a recent press briefing, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh, who is Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region, stressed the strategic position and role of the Mekong Delta, as well as the need to strengthen links in the region and apply scientific and technical advances to production.

"Investment, trade and tourism must be promoted based on each locality's strengths and the common interests of the whole region," he said.

He also urged relevant ministries and agencies to suggest suitable mechanisms and policies to help the Mekong Delta region take full advantage of its potential and strengths.

The Mekong Delta Economic Cooperation Forum is an annual event where participants propose initiatives and policy suggestions to enhance cooperation among provinces in the region, as well as the connections between the region and other localities nationwide, central ministries and agencies, and international organisations; and to boost the region's socio-economic development.

The suggestions will be submitted to the Prime Minister for consideration.-VNA