The Mekong Delta will have at least 300 km of expressway by 2025, said Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The.
He made that statement in reply to a National Assembly deputy’s inquiry on measures to create breakthrough in infrastructure development in the region.
Earlier on November 9, in a Q&A session of the National Assembly on financial resources for the Mekong Delta Region, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said that Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had agreed to add about US$ 2 billion for the Mekong Delta Region to perfect rural road system in favor of economic growth.
So far, in the Mekong Delta Region, the rural road system has yet met transport demands and served for agro-forestry-fishery development potentials. There are no continuous connection with national roads and provincial roads especially in remote and far-reaching areas, requiring additional investment.
The Mekong Delta is home to around 20 million people, or a fifth of the country’s population and known as Viet Nam’s rice basket and aquaculture hub that supplies 90% of its annual grain exports. It is also the source of most of the nation’s seafood exports.
However, the region still lags behind in terms of hard infrastructure as the region has only Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Expressway.