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Building Cai Mep-Thi Vai port on a par with regional port

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited the Cai Mep-Thi Vai deep-water port system in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province on March 20, asking the locality to build the port and logistics systems on a par with others in the region by 2030.

Cai Mep-Thi Vai international port cluster measures over 20km and accounts for over 30% of the country’s container exports, as well as having been evaluated to currently boast the leading commodity growth rate in the region, expected to become a trade gateway in the South.

The PM inspected Gemalink Deep-water Port – the largest scale port project in the Cai Mep-Thi Vai deep-water port cluster, Cai Mep International Port, and Tan Cang-Cai Mep International Port.

After the visit to the port cluster, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh held a working session with leaders of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province in a bid to further boost the efficiency of the port system and stimulate local socio-economic development.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc visits Gemalink Deep-water Port, the largest port project in the Cai Mep-Thi Vai deep-water port cluster. (Photo: VGP)

The PM emphasised that the seaport system is a strength of the province which has made a significant contribution to national development, thus, more attention should be paid to developing the port system in the future planning of both the province and the nation.

He noted that the growth rate of 2% of seaport system in the province is good news, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, PM Phuc pointed out some shortcomings that need to be handled to foster the development of the port cluster including an incomplete transport infrastructure, the lack of modern logistics centres, incomplete finance and customs services and the slow clearance of goods, and others.

The government leader also approved the implementation of various infrastructural projects to promote the efficiency of the seaport system in the province.

He encouraged the relevant ministries, sectors and Ba Ria-Vung Tau province to take more drastic measures to bring the seaport and logistics system in Ba Ria-Vung Tau, particularly Cai Mep-Thi Vai port on a par with others in the region by 2030 and become a world-class seaport hub by 2045.