Mekong Delta sustainable development conversion model to be discussed

Wednesday, 2017-09-06 04:17:05
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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the working session. (Credit: VGP)
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NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had a working session with the relevant ministries, branches and agencies on September 5 to direct the meticulous preparations for an upcoming conference that seeks to shape a sustainable development transformation model for the Mekong Delta to adapt to climate change.

Based on the Letter of Intent signed with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, during his visit to the Netherlands from July 8-11, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc ordered the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) to organise the conference in order to seek strategic measures for the large-scale transformation model for a sustainable Mekong Delta region with a vision until 2100.

The event, which is scheduled for the end of September, is expected to deal with effective coordination mechanisms for interregional and interdisciplinary activities in the region, the resources needed for the conversion model, as well as capital solutions.

As the conference is expected to welcome 500 delegates, who are experts, development partners, scientists and enterprises, adequate preparation is required, the Government leader stated, stressing that solutions given at the conference must have a high content of science and technology.

In addition to suitable financial resources and mechanisms, impending measures, as well as long term measures to ensure the livelihoods of local people, must be put forth at the event, he said.

He asked the MoNRE, the Government Office, Can Tho city and the relevant ministries to set up specific projects and plans to ensure a successful event.

The Mekong Delta, home to 18 million Vietnamese people, is an important economic region of the country. People along the Mekong River, including those from Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, depend greatly on the river for food and their livelihoods. However, human activities together with critical climate changes such as drought, saltwater intrusion and landslides have left negative impacts on the local sustainable development.