To attract investors, the province should also ensure supply of electricity, develop transport system and providing high-quality human resources, the PM said.

He stressed that local authorities should accompany businesses, share their concern and work together with them to remove difficulties.

PM Phuc particularly pointed to the motto of turning threats into opportunities.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc 

For example, Ben Tre is one of the localities hardest hit by climate change, so the province must seek new policies, technologies and connectivity models to cope with the threat, the PM said.

He added that during his recent official visit to Japan, the Government had signed an agreement with Japan on a water management project in Ben Tre worth nearly VND 9 trillion (USD 396 million).

In the coming time, PM Phuc will chair a meeting with the participation of the Netherlands’ Government to study ways to adapt to climate change and rising sea level in southwest provinces, including Ben Tre.

He suggested Ben Tre boost socio-economic development based on the sea and river system, one of the local advantages.

Phuc also hailed the idea of connecting Mekong Delta localities, which was recently discussed by Ben Tre, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh and Vinh Long provinces, saying the Government strongly supports such cooperation model.

Mentioning the specialty of Ben Tre – coconut, PM Phuc said he hopes Ben Tre will become a coconut metropolis of Vietnam with regional-level processing industry and high economic values.

Apart from these solutions, the PM also emphasized on improving the quality of seafood processing and shrimp breeding via high technology.

As one of the leading localities in the nation’s start-up movement, Ben Tre hopes to create a start-up community in the time ahead.

In 2017-2020, the province will invite investors for 63 projects, mainly in construction and infrastructure at industrial parks, industrial clusters, tourism, markets, supermarkets and trade centers, urban and residential areas, agriculture, rural areas, renewable energy, education, water drainage system, and solid waste treatment.

Since the beginning of this year, the locality has granted investment licences to 25 projects with a total registered capital of VND 17 trillion (USD 748 million).

Source: VNA