Hau Giang can become major Mekong region growth engine

May 29, 2023 | 14:47
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Hau Giang province in the Mekong delta is set to grow into a major growth engine in the region, leveraging a raft of key infrastructure works intensively in the development pipeline across the province.
Hau Giang’s location gives it unique advantages in terms of connections, transport, and logistics
Hau Giang’s location gives it unique advantages in terms of connections, transport, and logistics

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Transport joined efforts with Hau Giang People’s Committee and Can Tho city to convene the groundbreaking ceremony of the Can Tho-Hau Giang road component project, part of an initiative to build the North-South Expressway network’s eastern portion, with total length approximating 37km.

Meanwhile, the An Giang-Can Tho-Soc Trang expressway is slated to kick-off construction in June, and investment in the Ha Tien-Rach Gia-Bac Lieu expressway will follow suit.

Once those key motorways are open to traffic, Hau Giang will be the convergent point between the highways, acting as the gateway to other localities in the region.

In light of Hau Giang’s development direction this decade, the province is working on the planning scheme of eight industrial parks (IPs) and 15 clusters spanning 2,800 hectares in total, alongside the development of several urban centres.

Hau Giang’s development planning aims to boost development leveraging key strategies on spaces, economic development, and management, with industrial development to become the driving force for the economy.

Chau Thanh district will become the centre for industrial and urban development in the medium and long-term. Development will leverage two major roads: Can Tho-Ca Mau expressway connecting to Ho Chi Minh City, and the Chau Doc-Can Tho-Soc Trang road linking to localities south of the Hau River.

Towards 2025, Hau Giang will dedicate targeted capital sources additionally allocated to the province by the central government to executive new projects in transport structure, IPs, and agriculture infrastructure development.

The province will focus on reviewing and expediting several key transport infrastructure projects with high spillover effects on the provincial development, in which priority will be given to the motorways and highways promoting connection between areas in the province.

Investment will also be poured into upgrading essential waterway routes such as Lai Hieu, Nang Mau, Cai Con, Xa No, and Quan Lo-Phung Hiep channels to promote goods flow transport inside and outside the province.

Ecosystem development

Industry is set to play a key role in driving Hau Giang’s economic growth, gearing towards modernisation, creating jobs, replenishing local budget, and complementing development resources in other sectors.

The province prioritises investment attraction into businesses and projects with a big contribution to the local budget and recruiting local workers.

Priority sectors are agricultural processing such as vegetables, fruit, seafood, and rice, attached to local material areas and buoyed by cutting-edge technology to create quality items gearing for export; as well as manufacturing, supporting industries, and renewable energy.

In light of the general planning, Hau Giang will focus on the development of three industrial ecosystem areas.

The first will be located in Chau Thanh and Chau Thanh A districts with an emphasis placed on developing high-tech industries, supporting industries, pharmaceutical and cosmetics, logistics complexes, and agricultural processing and sourcing inputs.

The second is the space between Chau Doc-Can Tho-Soc Trang and Can Tho-Ca Mau expressways, belonging to Phung Hiep district. The focus will be on the development of high-tech industries, processing and supporting industries, digital technology, environmental technology, and manufacturing.

The third is the space between Ha Tien-Rach Gia-Bac Lieu and Can Tho-Ca Mau expressway in Long My district.

These three areas aim to grow into major industrial development locations in which the land will be complemented by urban development and landscape factors.

To turn the plan into a reality, Hau Giang will come up with a comprehensive suite of measures, such as turning land for agricultural production into industrial land, giving priority to site clearance to create cleared land, completing investment in IP and cluster infrastructure, and issuing specific mechanisms for investment attraction.

Hau Giang can become major Mekong region growth engine

Regional logistics hub

Located south of the Hau River and contiguous to Can Tho city, Hau Giang has distinct advantages acting as a centre for transshipment, transport connection, road and waterway transport, trade and services, and logistics of the south Hau River area with the rest of the Mekong Delta and other regions in the country.

This can be realised leveraging different road and waterway routes such as Song Hau; national highways 1, 61, 61B, and 61C; the South Song Hau highway, and many others.

The province offers a favourable position for businesses to place food and agricultural product processing plants and logistics centres sourcing abundant materials in the region. The province also provides an attractive position for businesses to place beverage and consumer goods production factories or general depots for the region’s 18-million population.

In addition, with its central role for waterway connections, Hau Giang can serve as a distribution depot for bulk cargo of building materials and fuel. The province’s distinct location provides a worthy opportunity for logistics investment and development in the delta region.

The province is home to three completed logistics centres: Mekong Logistics, Logistics Hau Giang, and Hau Giang Export Agricultural Logistics Centre. Meanwhile, Mekong Depot and Cold Store Logistics Hau Giang are under construction.

In parallel to building and putting into operation logistics centres, the province continues to call for investment into other logistics services centres, striving to form a seamless system that connects to other localities nationwide.

Priority will be given to enticing investment in modern and large-scale logistics development projects with a high impact on other fields and sectors, particularly cold storage, distribution systems, and seaport projects helping to resolve bottlenecks in Hau Giang and the wider delta region.

To further draw investors to the province as well as into industrial and logistics services, Hau Giang continues to accelerate administrative procedure reform and increase dialogue with investors to quickly settle any outstanding issues. All efforts are being made to provide businesses and individuals the best experience when residing and doing business in the province.

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