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Ideas sought for a sustainable Mekong Delta

Released at: 14:20, 26/09/2017

Ideas sought for a sustainable Mekong Delta

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the conference. Photo: VGP

Chaired by PM, Can Tho conference seeks to identify solutions to Mekong Delta's sustainability issues.

by Ngoc Chi

A conference on sustainable development in the Mekong Delta and coping with climate change is taking place on September 26 and 27 in Can Tho city, chaired by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

The conference will review and assess the challenges and opportunities and mobilize ideas, experience, and resources for sustainable development in the Delta.

More than 500 delegates are in attendance, including representatives of ministries, branches, localities, Party committees, the National Assembly, the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, the Farmers’ Association in the Mekong Delta, research institutes and national organizations, development partners, and the business community, as well as experts and scientists, who will focus on a wide range of matters.

The Mekong Delta consists of one centrally governed city and 12 provinces, covers an area of 3.9 million ha, and accounts for 12.3 per cent of the country’s natural area and 19 per cent of its population. It annually contributes about 30 per cent of GDP, with main goods being rice, fruit, and seafood.

Despite many achievements, socioeconomic development in the Delta has not been sustainable or efficient, and the region’s competitiveness remains low, with small-scale, fragmented agricultural production affected by climate change and rising sea levels.

Industry and services have not developed in line with their potential. Linking the Mekong Delta market with other development areas such as Ho Chi Minh City has been limited for many reasons, in particular poor infrastructure.

In that context, the PM held the conference in order to identify ideas that may help the government and localities in the Mekong Delta build strategic policies for sustainable development and vision to 2100.

Participants will discuss topics such as the challenges, opportunities, and solutions for transforming the development model in the Mekong Delta; sustainable agriculture, irrigation infrastructure, and natural disaster and landslide prevention; and master planning and infrastructure development. They will then discuss the mobilization and coordination of resources for the Mekong Delta’s development.

International organizations such as the World Bank, the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) will also contribute ideas on livelihood conversion solutions, transitional solutions suited to the natural conditions of the Delta, integrated coastal management, and landslide prevention. 

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