World Bank Pledges Continued Supports for Vietnam’s Mekong Delta Region

The World Bank will continue to support Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region to develop in sustainable way, the Dat Viet newspaper reported Dec. 16, citing John Roome, senior official of the international institution. Officials of the World Bank, the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and authorities of Mekong Delta provinces Hau Giang, An Giang and Soc Trang met in Can Tho city to identify problems in the agricultural field. John Roome, director of sustainable development of WB said that it will support the Vietnamese Mekong Delta region in building sustainable development strategies including measures to cope with climate change. An Giang province needs supports in building irrigation system to deal with fresh water shortage in agriculture while Soc Trang province has to upgrade its irrigation system to increase productivity of 75,000 hectares of agricultural lands and strengthen dikes to protect 30,000 hectares from sea water rising.