Dong Thap Province Tries to Boost Development

The Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap has proposed the Government to promptly start the construction of Vam Cong and Cao Lanh bridges to further support its socio-economic development.

A bridge in Dong Thap Province

Provincial officials made the proposal to Standing Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung, who on Saturday paid a working visit to Dong Thap, where agriculture accounts up to 56% of its economic structure.

Dong Thap authorities also proposed the upgrades of sections of national highways in the province. They asked for Government approval to build embankments along the rivers in Hong Ngu and Cao Lanh towns to protect the localities from erosion, and to move local residents out of the areas at risk.

Deputy PM Hung said Dong Thap had to try its best to be no longer an agricultural and poor province. Measures to do this include attracting Vietnamese and foreign investment, developing the areas of services, finance, banking and business.

Mr. Hung said Dong Thap had to carry out State-funded infrastructure development projects as soon as it could, and to pay close attention to combats against bird flu and rice diseases.

This year, the province enjoys a 14.5% economic growth and has harvested over 2.4 million tons of rice, exported US$121 million worth of aqua-products.

By M.Tr – Translated by Tuong Thuy

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