Resources are maximized for the Mekong Delta to promote the region’s rapid, sustainable development

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(KTSG Online) – In the period of 2021 to 2025, the Government will maximize its resources to invest in the Mekong Delta region. This is a necessary investment to bring the area, which is considered a low-lying area of the country, to develop rapidly and sustainably in the coming time.

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Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh chaired the conference today, June 21, in Can Tho city. Photo: Trung Chanh

Ready resources for the Mekong Delta

Information from the organizers of the conference “Announcing the planning and investment promotion of the Mekong Delta region in the period of 2021 to 2030” taking place today, June 21, in Can Tho city, said that as soon as the planning of the Mekong Delta region was completed, In the period 2021 to 2030, with a vision to 2050 approved, the Ministry of Planning and Investment has coordinated with ministries, sectors and localities to develop a plan to implement the master plan with 4 groups of key tasks.

Accordingly, the first is to develop a high-value and efficient agricultural economy, in which, to focus on developing focal centers, building concentrated raw material areas, high technology, ensuring food safety.

Secondly, developing the dynamic urban-industrial area, in which, focusing on investment in building inter-regional and inter-provincial transport infrastructure, logistics system, technical infrastructure of economic zones, zones, clusters industry; power source and grid projects, effectively bringing into play the potential of oil and gas and renewable energy.

Third, build a good living environment, attractive destinations through the development and implementation of a program to develop strategic freshwater reserves throughout the region; improve the quality of providing education-training, healthcare, tourism services that are competitive at the national, regional and international levels in Can Tho City; the program to develop the international tourism brand of the Mekong Delta in association with the preservation and promotion of cultural-historical values; conservation of important wetland ecosystems, marine and island biodiversity.

The fourth key task is to manage and coordinate the implementation of the regional planning through the Coordinating Council of the Mekong Delta region to help the Prime Minister direct, coordinate, urge ministries, sectors, localities to uniformly implement the tasks, programs, projects according to the planning.

Regarding investment resources, Mr. Nguyen Chi Dung, Minister of Planning and Investment emphasized, in order to continue to prioritize investment in the Mekong Delta region, on the basis of this unit’s recommendation, the National Assembly Standing Committee has promulgating Resolution 973 on July 8, 2020, the Prime Minister issued Decision No. 26 on September 14, 2020 on principles, criteria and norms for allocating public investment capital from the state budget period 2021 to 2025.

Accordingly, Mr. Dung said, at the stage as mentioned above, the total state budget support for projects in the area managed by the locality is expected to reach about 320,000 billion VND, up 23.3% compared to the previous year period 2016 to 2020. In which, the local budget balance is about 178,000 billion VND, the central budget is about 82,000 billion VND, an increase of 41.2% compared to the 2016 to 2020 period, and foreign capital (ODA) is about 60,000 billion VND (including 46,000 billion VND of the Development Policy Support Program – DPO) accounting for 30% of the total ODA capital in the country in the period of 2021 to 2025, while the corresponding figure for the period 2016 to 2020 is 7,66%.

In addition, according to Mr. Dung, the state budget capital invested through a number of ministries such as Transport, Agriculture and Rural Development, Health … to implement works, projects in the region reached about 122,000 billion VND. “The total state budget investment is expected to be about VND 422,000 billion in the period of 2021 to

According to Mr. Dung, with the capital allocated as mentioned, it will complete key projects of the Mekong Delta, including the Trung Luong – My Thuan – Can Tho, Can Tho – Ca Mau expressways as well as the highways, national highways, airports, irrigation works for water supply, water storage, salt control…

Meanwhile, implementing Resolution 120 of the Government, Mr. Dung said, the Ministry of Planning and Investment has coordinated with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Transport and 13 localities in the Mekong Delta to work. with 6 groups of interested development banks, including ADB (Asian Development Bank), KEXIM (Korea Export-Import Bank), AFD (French Development Agency), KfW (German Bank for Reconstruction) , JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) and WB (World Bank) have agreed to provide about US$ 2.2 billion to implement 20 regional linkage projects in the period of 2021 to 2025.

The government also spends a lot of resources on infrastructure development in the Mekong Delta. Photo: Trung Chanh

Mr. Nguyen Van The, Minister of Transport, said that during this term, the Government has greatly focused on the Mekong Delta. “Up to this point, we have determined that there is VND 86,000 billion of state budget capital that has been agreed by the National Assembly so that we can focus on the breakthrough development of the expressway system in the Mekong Delta,” Mr. The said

.According to Mr. The, over the past time, the whole Mekong Delta region has only about 120 kilometers of completed and underway highways, of which 90 kilometers have been completed and are under implementation, 30 kilometers. However, during this term, about 400 kilometers of highways will be arranged, including the main axes connecting Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho – Ca Mau as well as the Chau Doc – Can Tho – Tran De expressway and the expressway. An Huu – Cao Lanh expressway connects to Rach Gia. “So, if we follow the plan, by the end of this term, there will be about 400 to 500 kilometers of highways,” he said. According to him, this is a favorable condition to attract investment and help the Mekong Delta develop quickly and sustainably in the coming time.

Planning to bring agriculture in the Mekong Delta towards “total, strategic”

Mr. Le Minh Hoan, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that the master plan for the Mekong Delta region in the period  2021 to 2030, with a vision to 2050 was consistent with the viewpoint of sustainable development in the Mekong Delta, green growth, adaptation with climate change, focus on protecting, embellishing and developing socio-cultural foundation and natural ecosystem, focusing on people.

“According to many experts, this plan will be a turning point for the delta’s economy – society to be activated, the potential will be awakened, thanks to the internal problems that are gradually overcome,” Mr. Hoan said.

Accordingly, agricultural planning is aimed at “overall, strategic”, not just “addition of formulas”. Planning is “open”, relative flexibility to be able to actively adapt to the trend of continuous and non-stop change, with the economic questions from many years ago “what to produce, what to produce For whom, how to produce?”.

The coordination in the commodity chain, regional, sub-regional linkages among localities is focused at the beginning of the season, not just dealing with when agricultural products are stuck after harvest. “Each locality can actively expand the connection space, develop in the space with the coordination of the whole region. Land can be fragmented, administrative boundaries can be divided, but the development space cannot be fragmented, the economic space cannot be divided,” said Mr. Hoan.

Mr. Hoan said that the Coordination Office of Agriculture and Rural Areas in the Mekong Delta in Can Tho City is performing the role of coordinating the integration of regional agricultural information through digitization of databases, production planning, standardizing raw material areas, standardizing production processes. This data will help connect businesses investing in high-tech agriculture, deep processing; forming a commodity chain through industry associations starting from the rice chain, helping to improve the quality of cooperatives, forming a link between production and consumption; coordinate the operation of irrigation works to ensure synchronization of the whole system.

In addition, the Coordination Office will also support the coordination of international funded projects of inter-provincial, inter-regional nature, harmoniously combining construction investment and non-structural solutions, opening up a new business space. rural economy. In addition, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is actively negotiating and calling for investment projects in agricultural and rural logistics infrastructure, including the inter-district cold storage chain for agricultural products inter-provincial along the Hau and Tien rivers”, he said.

Concluding remarks at the conference, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh emphasized that investment in the Mekong Delta region is receiving more and more attention.

Accordingly, if in the period 2016 to 2020, the total investment from the state budget, investment through the Mekong Delta region reaches nearly 200,000 billion VND, equivalent to nearly 9 billion USD, then the investment plan for the period 2021 to 2025, the Mekong Delta region will be invested about 318 billion VND, equivalent to 13.8 billion USD, an increase of about 5 billion USD compared to the previous period.

“This term the Mekong Delta is given the highest priority, but it is completely deserved,” the Prime Minister said. He said that this is a condition to help the Mekong Delta overcome its existing weaknesses, especially in terms of infrastructure and quality of human resources to develop this region quickly and sustainably in the coming time.