PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc spoke at the investment promotion conference held in Vinh Long on March 27 (Photo: VNA)
 
Vinh Long (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long to make greater efforts to become a leading locality in terms of development in the next decade with its economy and local people’s income rising fourfold.

PM Phuc delivered the request while attending a conference held in Vinh Long on March 27 to call for more investments into the province. The conference saw the participation of more than 800 delegates, including hundreds of domestic and foreign businesspeople.

The government leader urged the province to work out a sustainable development model adaptive to climate change and based on smart agriculture and ecotourism.

To that end, Vinh Long should join the key economic region of the Mekong Delta in the next five years, by focusing on improving the quality of education, he said.

It is necessary to combine the province’s climate change adaptation strategy with its socio-economic development strategy and incorporate economic development with environmental protection and social welfare to ensure sustainable development, PM Phuc stressed.

The PM also advised Vinh Long to build a connectivity chain in agriculture to link farmers, the State, investors, banks, scientists and distributors, as well as seeking measures to increase the number and scale of enterprises in the province and well connecting domestic and foreign businesses.

The Government leader welcomed the signing of a plan by Vinh Long, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh and Tien Giang provinces aiming to tighten their connectivity, and suggested Vinh Long study to become the region’s agricultural product processing centre.

The province needs to restructure its agriculture and fisheries with the focus on expanding hi-tech application to raise the added value, together with improving its policies and mechanisms, and reducing unnecessary administrative procedures to improve the investment climate, PM Phuc added.

Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Van Quang said Vinh Long is giving priority to calling for investments in hi-tech agriculture and tourism as it is home to 11 national cultural and historical relic sites, and 43 provincial-level ones.

Along with the government’s preferential policies, the provincial People’s Committee has issued its own incentives to facilitate investors’ operations, Quang said.

At the conference, the local authorities presented certificates of investment registration and signed memoranda of understanding on investment to 32 projects with a combined capital of around 24 trillion VND (1.05 billion USD).-VNA