Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on May 19 attended the inaugural ceremony of the road linking Vi Thanh District in the Mekong delta province of Hau Giang to Can Tho City.
The 47 kilometre road was constructed four years ago and completed its first phrase at a cost of VND3,400 billion (US$ 170 million). The road begins at the crossroad of National Highway 1A and the access road to Can Tho Bridge, and ends at National Highway 61 in Hau Giang Province, shortening the journey by 15 kilometres.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at the inaugural ceremony of the road linking Vi Thanh District to Can Tho City (Photo: Bao GTVT)|
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, PM Dung stressed that it was an important road in developing the socio-economy of Can Tho and Hau Giang. He ordered the authorities of Hau Giang and Can Tho to fully exploit the economic effectiveness of the newly-built road and ensure the second phase will be completed as per schedule.
On his inspection tour of the Mekong Delta Provinces, PM Dung also met with authorities in the Mekong Delta province of Can Tho and Hau Giang, and discussed the socio-economic development of these areas in the first quarter of this year.
He noted that after eight years since being separated from Can Tho, Hau Giang has made many achievements in several areas, particularly in infrastructure investment and improving standard of living.
However, he instructed Hau Giang to further develop all potential strong points to reduce the poverty rate which was still too high in comparison to the country’s average rate.
The PM stressed on the need for administrative reforms and development of more human resources, to help attract domestic and foreign investors in the province, as well as creating the best possible conditions for businesses and people to access capital.
With its advantages in agriculture, particularly rice production, Hau Giang needs to grow more high-quality varieties of rice and purchase rice directly from farmers.
He also suggested the province develop its transport infrastructure, electricity supply, schools and health centres.
On the same day, PM Nguyen Tan Dung also met and worked with leaders of neighboring Tien Giang Province. He asked the province to apply advanced science and technology to agricultural production and the cultivation and processing of aqua products, saying it is an effective way of developing quickly and in a sustainable manner.
He also reminded the leaders of Tien Giang to effectively exploit the advantages of Cho Gao Canal.