Long An takes long-term stance

10:50 | 04/12/2012
Aiming to make Long An province as a gateway to the Mekong River Delta and a southern key economic zone with 14 per cent annual growth, the prime minister in early October 2012 ratified the provincial socio-economic development plan until 2020 with the vision towards 2030.

The province is ready to reinvent itself as an investment hotspot

Long An’s prime goal is to pave the way for the province to step into sustainable development path with balanced growth of diverse areas that possess hi-tech development, a modern and synchronised infrastructure system, compelling human resources and constantly improving living standards.

Accordingly, industry is expected to act as a motivating force and a growth engine propelling the provincial development. Constant efforts will be made to secure proposed annual [industrial sector] growth of 14.2 per cent by 2015, surging to 14.4 per cent by 2020. Quality industrial zones will be formed to woo investors parallel to creating new production areas to bolster industrial production.

More incentives will be offered for industries matching the province’s socio-economic development policy.  Southern key economic zone priority industries like hi-tech, research and development, environment, new materials technology, software and electronic production will enjoy further support.

Developing trade, services and tourism is also set as a priority, striving to pick up 17 per cent growth per year in the period to 2020 and 15.3 per cent per year in the period to 2030. The range of services will be increasingly diversified with improved quality to meet people’s expectations, and the services infrastructure will be upgraded constantly to bring convenient and modern facilities to users. Balanced service quality between urban and rural areas is also targeted.

Efforts will be made to inject capital into developing different services centres to exploit Long An’s advantage as a gateway to the delta region and southern key economic zone. Special attention will be placed on strengthening logistics, information technology services, market research and financial services crucial to urban centre and industrial development.

Under the plan, agriculture, forestry and fisheries will be developed in a sustainable manner following quality commodity-based production model with due heed paid to tending the environment. Respective proportion of agriculture, forestry and fisheries by 2020 would be 82 per cent, 4 per cent and 14 per cent and by 2030 it would be 78 per cent, 6 per cent and 16 per cent. Paddy rice production would be set as a priority to ensure national food security. Towards this goal, efforts will be exerted into applying latest compatible technologies and using quality breeds.

Improving processing facilities for sugar cane, vegetable and fruit production is  a priority, as is the need to upgrade domestic and export standards for promoting livestock breeding (pig, cattle and poultry) on a suitable scale serving domestic consumption. Modern breeding techniques should be applied to ensure products are good in quality while closely meeting hygienic standards.
Promoting aquaculture in Dong Thap Muoi (the Plain of Reeds) while not hurting the environment is also important.

To effectively tap on the advantages and potential of the province’s diverse areas, under the master planning, the province is divided into three economic development zones:

Zone 1, specified as food security, tourism  and border economy zone, covers Vinh Hung, Tan Hung, Moc Hoa, Tan Thanh, Thanh Hoa and Chau Thanh districts and part of Thu Thua district.

The area has comparative advantages for agricultural production and luring visitors.

Zone 2, specified as eco buffer zone, lies between Vam Co Dong and Vam Co Tay rivers. Its top target is to shield Zone 1 from adverse impacts stemmed from excessive urban and industrial development in Zone 3; creating unique scenes featuring urban and rural area features; relieving pollution in Vam Co Dong and Vam Co Tay rivers and keeping intact the space serving development directions after 2020.

Zone 3, specified as urban and industrial development zone, covers Vam Co Dong River, Duc Hoa, Ben Luc, Can Giuoc, Can Duoc districts, part of Tan Tru district, Tan An city and part of Thu Thua district. Its overall target is to have in place urban development corridor in Ben Luc-Tan An and specific urban industrial centres in Duc Hoa, Can Giuoc and Can Duoc.

Long An province’s major development goals
By 2020:
- Per capita income: VND80 million per year ($3,800)
- Agro-forestry-fisheries, industry-construction and trade-services: 
15 per  cent, 45 per cent, and 40 per  cent, respectively, in GDP
- Poor households:   1 per  cent
- Ratio of skilled workers: 65 per cent

Vision towards 2030:
- Per capita income: VND172 million per year ($8,000)
- Agro-forestry-fisheries, industry-construction and trade-services:
7 per  cent, 48 per  cent, and 45 per  cent, respectively, in GDP
- Ratio of skilled workers: 70 per cent
Key investment projects
1. Building leading eco-technology centre in Long An (LALETEC)
The centre consists of five components as forming Long An 21 eco- technology park; forming a research & development centre; establishing green and clean industrial zone (IZ); connecting Mekong Delta’s IZs with southern key economic zone and forming competitive IZ model.

2. Developing quality and clean IZ model linking to waste treatment
Investment plans have four stages. Stage 1: building new waste water  standards; Stage 2: building model IZs; Stage 3: requiring existing IZs lacking waste treatment facilities to invest into such system; and Stage 4: development of new model IZs.

3. Building food forwarding centre in the Plain of Reeds in Long An
Forming a compelling food centre for Long An and some provinces in the vicinity in respect to food transaction, procurement, processing and preservation up to set standards to enhance competitiveness of export rice in the global market.

4. Building world-class medical centre
Its top target is to render international standard health care and treatment services using cutting-edge technologies.

5. Establishing forwarding centre
Founding a general forwarding centre to render storing service, office leasing, transport forwarding, container freight station (CFS), distribution services and wholesale markets for agro-forestry-fishery products in the whole Mekong Delta to Ho Chi Minh City; a transit hub for southern key economic zone’s industrial products to head international airports and deep-water ports and the Mekong Delta’s broad range of products to reach domestic and international markets.

6. Linking Tan An-Ben Luc urban centre development
Its prime target is to create a competitive satellite urban centre of over-crowded Ho Chi Minh City.
Tan An and Ben Luc will constitute a modern urban system based on urban mass rapid transport model (UMRT) which may consist of bus rapid transport (BRT), light railway transit (LRT) or heavy rail transit (HRT) depending on demands, available space and financial capacity. Of them, BRT is viewed as a smart option.

7. Developing hi-tech agriculture zone
Forming hydroponic glasshouses/plastic houses where vegetables are grown strictly meeting quality standards for supply to supermarkets and trade centres.

The project will involve forming hydroponic glasshouses, stores, a packaging plant and associated offices. Main products  are tomatoes, cucumbers and possibly strawberries in the near term. More suitable kinds will be later considered.

8. Long An international border gate economic zone
Investment shall be sourced for building trade centres and industrial clusters to spur border gate economy.

Apart from these eight listed projects, six subsequent  projects also seek investments, including building a trade centre in the suburb, building stopovers, forming riverside eco-village; building low-cost hostels resistant to natural calamities and energy efficient; building a water plant with capacity of 200,000 cubic metres per day sourcing water from Phuoc Hoa hydraulic project; and building a surface water plant with daily capacity of 50,000 cubic metres in Ben Luc.


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