Vice Chairman of the Can Tho municipal People’s Committee Truong Quang Hoai Nam speaks at the seminar on August 18 (Photo: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) – The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho
wants to capitalise on chances in economic activities with ASEAN, especially
the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s
Committee Truong Quang Hoai Nam has said.

The opportunities created by the AEC, which came
into being on December 31, 2015, for people and businesses were spotlighted at
a seminar held by the Can Tho People’s Committee on August 18.

Participants presented cooperation opportunities
for Vietnamese firms in the AEC, the country’s commitments in the community,
the country’s optimisation of origin principle to benefit from the AEC’s tax
incentives, along with opportunities and challenges for the Mekong Delta since
Vietnam became an AEC member.

Nam said Vietnam joined ASEAN in 1995, and the
bloc has since been a gateway for the country to intensively integrate into the
world in terms of politics, economy, culture and society.

A number of delegations from ASEAN countries
have come to Can Tho to seek investment opportunities over the last couple of
years, and the city also wants to learn about ways to cooperate with regional
nations, he noted.

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Tran Huu Hiep, a member of the Steering Committee
for the Southwestern Region, said when Vietnam is an AEC member, Can Tho and
other Mekong Delta provinces will have numerous opportunities for development
cooperation and investment attraction. However, there will also be challenges
in goods production and sales, and competition in trade and services.

To help people and businesses make use of
chances during the AEC integration, Can Tho, as the centre of the Mekong Delta,
need to take measures to develop skilled manpower, boost regional connectivity,
fuel key industries and their support sectors, reform the business climate, and
facilitate the operation of small- and medium-sized enterprises.

It is also necessary to form value chains for
the strong products of the city and issue strict regulations to manage the inflow
of ASEAN labour into Vietnam and effectively govern free capital flows between
Vietnam and ASEAN, Hiep added.

The seminar was attended by representatives of
the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Foreign Ministry, the Steering Committee
for the Southwestern Region, the Ho Chi Minh City WTO Affairs Consultation
Centre, and officials of Can Tho and other Mekong Delta localities.-VNA