Logistics sector rudderless in Mekong Delta
CAN THO – The logistics sector in the Mekong Delta looks rudderless even though a development plan for it has been in place.
Speaking at a conference on how to attract investment in logistics in the Mekong Delta held in Can Tho on January 9, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue said the delta’s logistics and transport infrastructure are holding growth potential.
In terms of geographical location, the Mekong Delta has three sides facing the sea with a coastline of 740 kilometers and shares a 340-kilometer border with Cambodia. In addition, the delta has a well developed road, inland waterway, sea and air transport system, providing good connectivity with the Southern Key Economic Region which includes HCMC.
Deputy PM Hue cited a Ministry of Industry and Trade forecast as saying that annual cargo throughput in the Mekong Delta is estimated to amount to 25-28 million tons by 2020 and 66-71 million tons by 2030.
This shows the Mekong Delta has high demand for investment and development of logistics infrastructure and services, said Hue. However, he added, logistics infrastructure there has yet to meet development needs.
Citing Cai Cui-Can Tho Port of Vinalines and Tan Cang-Cai Cui Port of Saigon Newport as examples, he said the two terminals are only 200 meters apart, so if they are linked, they would create a large port.
To step up logistics development in the Mekong Delta, Tran Huu Hiep, a member of the Southwest Steering Committee, said local, inter-regional and regional connections should be strengthened. “If each unit (locality) acts on their own, it would be impossible to create a common infrastructure system, including logistics infrastructure, for the Mekong Delta.”
Investing in infrastructure is difficult at a time of the increasingly tight State budget, Hiep noted. “It is necessary to attract private investors and to do so, there must be good policy and planning, plus coordination.”