Regional connectivity critical for development of southeastern region

Socio-economic cooperation between HCMC and other southeastern localities has produced significant outcomes, giving a boost to many sectors like industry, real estate, investment-trade, health care and education, an official has said.
Tourism linkage expected to raise visitor numbers
HCMC's tourism sector have greatly benefited from regional connectivity. (Photo: VNA)

According to Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Tran Duy Dong, the collaboration has helped to attract resources from different economic sectors in southern metropolis to other southeastern localities.

Spoken at a recent conference in Binh Phuoc province, Chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee Phan Van Mai stated that the city is aware that its development should be inseparable from the southeastern region. He noted that the city has benefited most from regional connectivity and it is necessary to strengthen collaboration with each of the localities in the region.

Chairman of the People’s Committee of Binh Duong province Vo Van Minh said HCMC has driven the development of its adjacent cities and provinces, and the country as well. However, bottlenecks remain in regional connectivity, which has hindered the development of both HCMC and the southeastern region.

The southeastern region encompasses HCMC and the five provinces of Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Tay Ninh and Binh Phuoc. Their People’s Committees shared the view that the regional connectivity is intended to create common economic space and optimise advantages of each locality. The connectivity should cover transport infrastructure, information-communications infrastructure, electricity and water supply, tourism products and infrastructure, green economy, and high-quality personnel, they said.

For his parts, Secretary of the HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen pointed to roadblocks to regional transport links and the need to remove them in order to create an impulse for regional growth.

Therefore local authorities have agreed to cooperate in road, railway and waterway construction and development, and work together in the planning work, matching regional and national planning schemes.

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(Source: VNA)