Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh called for focus on three strategic breakthroughs for the development of the Southern Key Economic Region in terms of institutions, human resources, and infrastructure construction at a conference reviewing the implementation of Resolution No. 53-NQ/TW dated August 29, 2005 and Conclusion No. 27-KL/TW dated August 2, 2012 from the Politburo.

He told the conference that the Southern Key Economic Region includes six cities and provinces in the southern region - Ho Chi Minh City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Dong Nai, and Tay Ninh, and two provinces in the Mekong Delta - Long An and Tien Giang. The Region is a trading hub, connecting domestic and international destinations via a network of seaports and international airports, especially the trans-Asian road and sea routes linking the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean.

After 17 years of implementing Resolution No. 53 and Conclusion No. 27, together with the active leadership and direction of all levels and branches at the central level and the determined efforts of all levels of Party committees, authorities, and people, the Southern Key Economic Region in general and the southern region in particular have seen positive changes.

Referring to future orientations, the Prime Minister said it is necessary to focus on three strategic breakthroughs: building and perfecting institutions; training and developing human resources; and building infrastructure, especially traffic infrastructure and digital infrastructure.
Implementation of links needs to be closer and more effective, and a coordination mechanism for regional links is needed that is suitable with actual conditions and circumstances. Decentralization and improvements in self-reliance at each locality, agency, and unit must also be promoted.

The Prime Minister also directed ministries and branches to coordinate with localities in the Region and address any and all problems. Ministries, branches, and localities, he said, have actively, closely and effectively coordinated to resolve investor problems and promote major investment projects.