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Mekong Delta’s Long Xuyen rises to first-tier city status

Friday, August 21, 2020, 16:34 GMT+7
Mekong Delta’s Long Xuyen rises to first-tier city status
Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung (right) with Long Xuyen City leaders at a ceremony announcing the recognition of Long Xuyen as a first-tier city under An Giang Province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. Photo: Buu Dau / Tuoi Tre

The administration of Long Xuyen City in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang held a ceremony on Thursday to announce a prime minister decision recognizing Long Xuyen as a first-tier city.

The capital city of An Giang Province, Long Xuyen covers an area of 11,500 hectares, including 14 wards and communes, with a total population of nearly five hundred thousand.

Long Xuyen was recognized as a third-tier city in 1999 before being upgraded to second-tier city status in 2019.

According to Vietnam’s city classification system, first-tier cities are defined as those that play a key role in the country or inter-provincial regions, have a population of 500,000 or more, and have at least 65 percent of the labor force working in non-agricultural sectors, among other requirements.

Long Xuyen is recognized as a hub of economic, trade, and service growth in the south of the Hau (Back) River, according to the prime minister decision.

At the same time, the city is also a center for training, technology transfer, and seafood and agricultural product processing. It is considered a driving force for socio-economic development in An Giang Province and the Mekong Delta region.

With a view to creating a favorable condition for goods production and circulation, the city authority has upgraded 168 inner-city roads.

Moreover, the city’s appearance has been enhanced since many pivotal investment projects, such as a number of modern urban areas and commercial centers, were put into operation.

The city has also paid attention to the living standard of its residents. Annual per capita income in Long Xuyen has reached VND132 million (US$5,686), 2.26 times higher than the national average.

Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung highly appreciated the achievements that the Party Committees and administrations of Long Xuyen and An Giang have achieved.

Dung asked the local authorities to stay focused on upcoming key tasks, including COVID-19 prevention and control, restructuring the economy in line with the potential and advantages of the localities, meeting the regional and international market demands, and adapting to climate change.

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