Conference by the Central Economic Committee on Sunday, April 3, heard of need for links within and between different regions of Vietnam.
Mr. Vuong Dinh Hue, Member of the Politburo and Head of the Central Economic Committee, pointed out that regional links are emphasized more strongly than ever in documents from National Party Congress XII. He also noted that there are many urgent missions that individual provinces cannot solve by themselves, such as climate change and salinity in the Mekong Delta, forest management in the northern mountains, and pollution in key economic zones.
As Vietnam has 63 cities and provinces there are also 63 economies in the country, which are the same as each other but separate from each other. Most are of small scale, with an average population of 1 million to 2 million and annual GDP per capita of about $2,100. Though development conditions are different among provinces their operations and structure are similar.
In discussing how provincial economies are separate, Associate Professor Dr. Tran Dinh Thien, Director of the Vietnam Economic Research Institute, suggested they be replaced by regional economies, calling for a new mechanism in which provincial economies depend upon regional economies.
However, Dr. Nguyen Dinh Cung, President of the Central Institute for Economic Management, did not agree that regional economies could replace provincial economies, especially when provinces are unwilling parties. He recognized, though, that links among provinces in the central coastal region and the Mekong Delta are necessary.
He called for the introduction of a new Decree on regional links for certain provinces, while acknowledging that its immediate issue would be impossible.