PM to chair conference on sustainable development in Mekong Delta
10:49 | 06/09/2017

VGP – PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc on September 5 chaired a working session with some ministries and agencies about the future organization of a conference on sustainable development in the Mekong Delta in adaptation to climate change.

PM chairs a working session with ministries and agencies about the organization of a conference on sustainable development in the Mekong Delta in adaption to climate change - Photo: VGP/Quang Hieu

The conference, which will be held from September 26-27 in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, aims to seek strategic measures for sustainable development of the Mekong Delta region with a vision until 2100.

The conference will include discussions on challenges, opportunities and measures to transform development models for the Mekong Delta, planning, infrastructure development, regional coordination mechanism, sustainable livelihoods, irrigation infrastructure, natural calamity prevention, development and resource demands.

The event expects to welcome 500 delegates, including international and domestic professionals, representatives to foreign organizations, development partners and businesses concerning about the development of the Mekong Delta.

Speaking at the meeting, PM Phuc highlighted the importance of the conference, heading to discuss measures on sustainable development transformation model for the Mekong Delta in response to climate change.

He asked to seek for suitable financial resources and mechanisms to support the development of the region and take long-term and prompt measures to ensure the lives of local people.

The Mekong Delta region is home to 18 million people, contributing 18% of the nation’s GDP, 90% of the rice export turnover, 60% of the nation’s total aquatic exports and 70% of fruit exports.

Over the recent years, the region has suffered consequences of climate change such as droughts, sea-water intrusion and landsides.

By Thuy Dung

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