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MPI stresses need for traffic infrastructure investment in Mekong Delta region

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CAN THO – Focusing on investing in and developing traffic infrastructure in the Mekong Delta during the 2021-2025 period is necessary, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung told an online conference on August 31.

The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and the Ministry of Transport have reached a consensus to complete the entire north-south expressway stretching farther afield to the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau as soon as possible, said Minister Dung.

The MPI will step up its efforts to complete the expressway, he added.

Besides this, a seaside road surrounding the region will be developed and completed during the period, he said, adding that the interprovincial road will pave the way for the localities to develop a sea-based economy.

“The road is also expected to prevent saltwater intrusion and landsides and minimize the impact of natural disasters and climate change in the region,” Minister Dung said.

Another project in need of investment is building water reservoirs and handling riverbank and coastline erosion affecting many provinces in the Mekong Delta region, especially Ca Mau Province, according to Minister Dung.

Speaking at the teleconference on a plan for the socioeconomic development and public investment in 2021 and in the 2021-2025 period, Minister Dung also said that each locality and each region must proactively set higher targets for faster growth.

Apart from this, he said that while HCMC can be developed to become an international financial hub, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province should make effective use of seaport systems and further invest in infrastructure.

By Trung Chanh

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