According to provincial leaders, its economic output expanded by 6.91% in 2018 with income per capita reaching VND43 million (US$1,849). The first quarter of 2019 also saw growth in agriculture, industry and services.
However, Dong Thap is still facing many difficulties, especially in transport infrastructure, which is hampering growth of the province and the broader Mekong Delta region.
Therefore, the province suggested the government invest in a new expressway, a bridge and a highway bypassing the provincial capital city of Cao Lanh.
Deputy PM Hue stated that he agreed with Dong Thap leaders’ concerns about its poor infrastructure and asked the province to work with the ministries concerned on the An Huu-Cao Lanh expressway.
He also asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment to arrange funds for the Cao Lanh city bypass and So Thuong 2 Bridge.
On the same day, Deputy PM Hue attended and chaired a forum on strengthening agricultural cooperatives to meet market demands and respond to climate change.
He stated that the Mekong Delta is highly vulnerable to climate change and a change in mindset is needed to promote sustainable farming.
The Deputy PM also suggested that Dong Thap province should focus on quality by developing clean and organic agriculture.