[general_devel] Vietnam Plans To Build Border Economic Zone With Cambodia
Kevin Yuk-shing Li
kevinysli at graduate.hku.hk
Sun Jul 5 00:46:57 BST 2009
Vietnam Plans To Build Border Economic Zone With Cambodia
HANOI, July 4 (Bernama) -- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has
approved a master plan to build the region along the border with Cambodia
into a major economic zone, according to the Vietnam news agency's report.
Under the ambitious scheme, the southwestern border areas, comprised of four
provinces in the Central Highlands and six provinces in the southern region,
will be developed into an economic zone of national and international
importance by 2020.
The border economic zone including Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Dac Lak, Dak Nong, Binh
Phuoc, Tay Ninh, Long An, Dong Thap, An Giang and Kien Giang provinces, will
act as an entry point for trade, services and cargo transportation between
the Greater Mekong's Sub region and the East Sea.
The area, which totals 73,369sq.km, is home to 12,650,000 people and
expected to become a national economicdriving force in terms of agriculture,
forestry, hydropower and transportation, according to the plan announced by
the Government website.
By 2030, the areas along the Cambodia border will become a major economic
zone of national and international importance, which can have a special
influence to the Central Highlands and the central and southern regions of
Vietnam, as well as to other economies in the Gulf of Thailand.
The area is expected to become the nation's biggest natural reserve of
biological diversity and ethnic cultures, and one of the major tourist
attractions in the ASEAN region, the news agency said.
The cities of Buon Ma Thuot and Pleiku in the Central Highlands, Long Xuyen
in the Mekong Delta and Trang Bang Town in Tay Ninh will be developed into
the development cores of the region.
Priorities will be given to developing urban centres and economic zones
along the border with Cambodia. Phu Quoc Island will become a special
administrative and economic zone under the plan, which has a vision through
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