Can Tho strives to lead Mekong Delta in per capita income
09:10 | 03/01/2015
VGP - The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho targets a per capita income of VND79.3 million ($3,714) in 2015, a year-on-year 12.9% increase, according to the municipal Department of Planning and Investment. 

The figure is expected to be the highest among that of 13 regional provinces and cities.  
Local authorities plan to mobilize VND40 trillion  ($1.87 billion)  for building infrastructural facilities in transportation, health care services and education, while increasing the industrial and trade sectors’ proportions in economy to 93.4%.  
The move will help the province record a GDP growth rate of 12 – 12.5%, a firm foundation supporting the realization of its per capita income goal.  
Duong Nghia Hiep, Deputy Director of the Department of Industry and Trade, said the province will focus on developing export products such as rice, seafood, and apparel, with a view to boosting its export turnover to $1.45 – $1.6 billion in 2015.  
Programs helping enterprises set foot on more foreign markets, such as Denmark, Sweden, the US, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Belgium, Australia and Indonesia, are to be launched.  
In 2015, Can Tho intends to set up economic cooperation models, which effectively connect farmers to enterprises, with a view to raising income of rural households.  
Regarding the local workforce, Nguyen Thanh Xuan, Director of the Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said his agency targets creating 50,000 jobs in 2015 and reducing the rate of poor household by 1 percent from 2.8 percent in 2014.  - VNA

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