11:05 | 18/10/2016 Economy- Society
The Mekong Delta province of Long An should make all-out efforts to become one of the three economic centers in the southern region, together with Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said.
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc - Photo: VGP
At a working session with provincial leaders on October 17, the PM highlighted the rapid and effective economic shifts in Long An, which now houses 7,900 businesses.
Long An should set up a special group to accelerate the economic shift in the locale, he suggested.
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc said he was satisfied with Long An’s achievements in and plans for development, especially in the construction of new-style rural areas, urging the province to complete the rural construction programme before 2020.
It was necessary for the province to mobilize all its resources in order to turn Long An International Seaport into a central port for the Mekong Delta, he said, calling on the locale to pair economic development with environmental protection, security and the maintenance of social order.
Regarding smuggling in the province, especially of tobacco, the PM called for the involvement of the entire political system in the fight against it.
Sharing a 133km border with Cambodia, Long An has favourable conditions for economic development, with annual economic growth at 11.26% over the past five years and GDP per capita at VND50.7 million (US$2,281).
As of October 16, the province has put into service a public administrative service centre that deals with the administrative procedures of the six departments of Planning and Investment, Natural Resources and Environment, Construction, Industry and Trade, Justice and Science and Technology.
While in Long An, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc made a field trip to the construction site of Long An International Seaport in Tan Lap Commune, Can Giuoc District.
Covering 147 hectares, the VND9 trillion (US$405 million) port is scheduled to be operational in 2023.
He also toured the Five Star Eco City project invested in by Five Star International Group, and visited local Heroic Vietnamese Mothers./.