Mekong Delta’s economic growth reaches 8.5-9 percent

The Mekong Delta’s Gross Domestic Product totaled VND237 trillion (US$11.14 billion) and economic growth was estimated at 8.5-9 percent in the first six months this year, said the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region in Can Tho City on July 9.
 
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh states at the conference (Photo: SGGP)
The economic growth rate was equivalent to that in the same period last year. Budget revenue hit VND19,388 billion (US$911.25 million), accounting for 50 percent of the year estimates.
 
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh, head of the committee, said that Mekong Delta provinces have striven to implement the State and Party policies to maintain economic development and ensure social welfare.
 
Mekong Delta provinces should focus on restructuring agricultural restructure, broadening the market, building sustainable modals of production connectivity and intensifying science and technology application, he said.
 
The Government has instructed agencies to look for domestic material sources and improve product quality to expand their export markets, he added.

By Ham Luong – Translated by Hai Mien

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