Nam Can Economic Zone: Driving Force for Future Ca Mau Development

3:22:31 PM | 11/12/2009

As one of 15 coastal economic zones created to gather driving forces to boost the development of coastal poor regions and attract investment capital sources, especially foreign finances, Nam Can Economic Zone is holding all most favourable conditions for local socioeconomic development. The economic zone has direct links to artery national and international traffic systems.
Nam Can, a coastal district of Ca Mau province, has actively developed its maritime-based economy. Nam Can town is the centre of economy, culture, society, security and defence of the district. The town can be reached by the waterway, through Ca Mau - Nam Can canal, and the road, National Road 1A - the most important road in Vietnam. From Nam Can town, large-size ships can go to the East Sea (South China Sea) via Bo De gate on the Cua Lon River - the largest river in Ca Mau province (This is also the route for transporting goods from Ho Chi Minh City’s ports to Ca Mau). Nam Can also has an airport, seaport, developed fishery, primitive and commercial forests.
From these advantages, together with the viewpoint of developing coastal economy in line with local and regional economic restructure toward industrialisation and modernisation direction, ensuring the best use of land, water surface and space of the coastal economic zone in accordance with the Decision 1353/QD-TTg of the Prime Minister on “Planning Development of Vietnamese Coastal Economic Zones until 2020”, Nam Can has set the goal to become the most important coastal economic zone in Vietnam. To realise this policy of the Government, Nam Can town is focusing investments, with supports from Ca Mau province, to become a fourth-grade urban zone in 2010. Besides, Vinashin Group, the largest shipbuilder in Vietnam, has established a shipbuilding industry zone in Nam Can. Other companies have also carried out many projects involving the construction of cement plants, seaport and seafood processing plants, etc.
In the future, the economic zone will link with economic centres in the Mekong Delta region to form a general coastal economic region to accelerate the development of commerce, service, industry, engineering, shipbuilding, ship repairing, electronics, seafood processing. The Nam Can Economic Zoneis expected to be built on an area of 11,000 ha in Nam Can town, Hang Vinh and Ham Rong communes, Nam Can district, Ca Mau province.
Hoang Lam