HCMC to strengthen cooperation with Lam Dong - Website Ho Chi Minh City
(HCM CityWeb) – On July 15, the summing up conference on the socio-economic development cooperation program in 2010-2015 and cooperation orientations in 2016-2020 between HCMC and Lam was organized in HCMC.
As reported, from 2010 till now, Lam Dong province has issued certificates of investment to 65 projects from HCMC with a total capital of VND 7,630 billion on an area of 5,800 hectares, bringing the total of valid projects of HCMC in Lam Dong to 159 projects worth over VND 24,360 billion.
In term of agriculture, Lam Dong has issued certificates of investment to 29 projects from HCMC, bringing the total number of agricultural projects to 61 worth VND 1,520 billion with an area of 10,200 hectares. These investment projects have created jobs and helped transfer advanced production technologies to local farmers.
According to the report, both localities identify that agricultural cooperation has partly helped stabilize and expand the consumption market, improve productivity of vegetables, flowers and agricultural products of Lam Dong. Specifically, 60% of vegetable and 30% of flowers of Lam Dong are now consumed in HCMC.
Besides, in the last 5 years, HCMC and Lam Dong has carried out many effective cooperation programs in many fields of education-training, science-technology, transport, health, infrastructure, etc.
Mr. Dinh La Thang high valued the socio-economic development cooperation results between HCMC and Lam Dong in the past time but saying it is still not matched with available potential. He suggested both localities should further bring into play their available strengths
Mr. Thang highly valued ideas and proposals at the conference including construction of wholesale market in Lam Dong, classifying and packaging agricultural products for HCMC. According to Mr. Thang, to make it effective, transport infrastructure must be much improved. It is only effective if fresh vegetables after being harvested and classified in the morning in Lam Dong, will appear in HCMC at noon. In order to develop tourism, beside air link, it is necessary to soon complete the National Road 20, Lien Khuong-Dau Day Expressway (Day Day-Tan Phu route)
Mr. Dinh La Thang suggested leaders of two localities to pay attention to economic cooperation, strengthening investment promotion activities in fields of tourism, agricultural products, supplying agricultural products to wholesale markets or super markets in HCMC, developing super market system in Lam Dong, building bio-technology and high-tech agriculture area, building satellite hospitals (oncology, pediatric).
At the conference, Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong and Chairman of Lam Dong People’s Committee Doan Van Viet signed the cooperation program in the period of 2016-2020.