|Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the event
He made the statement during a local conference on June 19 to promote investment and launch a start-up campaign, which attracted 650 corporate representatives, domestic and foreign investors, and economists.
The PM expressed his delight at seeing business deals worth up to US$6 billion committed by domestic and foreign firms at the event.
As Soc Trang has three estuaries facing the East Sea, comprising Dinh An, Tran De and My Thanh, giving it a business advantage, the leader suggested the province develop hi-tech agriculture in adaptation with climate change, clean aquaculture, processing industry and ecological tourism.
He highlighted other local advantages from religions and beliefs, cuisine to festivals, notably Ok Om Bok (moon worship) festival and Ghe Ngo (Khmer boat) race.
Stressing education as key to development, the PM asked the province to attract talented people to contribute to the homeland, considering it a driving force for rapid, sustainable and inclusive development in Soc Trang and the southwestern region as a whole.
According to him, the Trung Luong – Can Tho highway will create an important driving force for the region, including Soc Trang, once it is completed.
At the event, he proposed building a value chain and manufacturing process under the model of connecting farmers, State, investors, banks, scientists and distributors as well as switching to farming with higher added values.
The province was also urged to narrow gaps in business climate to make it more attractive to domestic and foreign investors while departments and agencies must join Soc Trang in the fight against climate change.
The leader also asked Soc Trang to offer all possible support to investors, adding that incentives need to be exchanged for corporate social responsibilities.
Cooperation agreements on agriculture, trade and investment promotion, power grid and credit supply between Soc Trang and ministries, agencies were signed at the event.
On the occasion, the province granted investment licences and memoranda of understanding on investment cooperation for 47 projects worth over VND122.8 trillion (US$5.45 billion).
Certificates of merit and funding were also presented to start-up and innovative firms.
Last year, Soc Trang granted investment licences to 29 projects, up seven against 2016, at a total cost of more than VND4.15 trillion, or a 3.5-fold increase from the previous year.
In the first five months of this year, investment licences were presented to 12 projects worth over VND2.8 trillion.
More and more domestic and foreign firms have eyed major projects in the province in the fields of real estate, hi-tech agriculture, ecological tourism, milk processing, and hi-tech milch farming.
Soc Trang has also established a working group to handle issues regarding investment procedures or offer consultancy to the provincial authorities in the effort.