A scientific workshop was held both online and offline in Hanoi on December 10 discussing ways to tap the potential and advantages of the Mekong Delta in the new context for the region's rapid and sustainable development.
The event was co-hosted by the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics (HCMA), the Party Committee of Can Tho city and Can Tho University (CTU).
In his speech, HCMA Deputy Director Assoc. Prof Le Van Loi affirmed the important role of the Mekong Delta in national development. Therefore, investment in the Mekong Delta is also meant for the sake of the country.
He held that human development is both a goal and a major driving force of regional development. In his view, people should be considered both the centre of and the key to sustainable growth and development. It is also necessary to ensure fairness in terms of development opportunities for residential groups, preserve and uphold special cultural values of ethnic groups and religions, and increase investment in universities and vocational colleges in the region.
Dean of the Party Building Faculty at the CTU’s School of Political Science Tran Thanh Hien suggested the Government issue more policies on vocational training for the workforce in the region, especially rural and female workers, thus offering more job opportunities with higher income to them.
He also proposed authorities of localities in the region improve business climate to draw investment at home and abroad, and diversify economic sectors to generate more jobs. Further attention should be paid to environment protection in projects, he said.
Participants at the event also offered recommendations to achieve rapid and sustainable development in the region.