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Orientation of the Strategic Development Framework of
Kien Giang province
Vision to 2050

Dear Researchers, Policy Planners and Advisors, and Practitioner,


The Mekong Delta (MD) is home to 17.3 million people, covering a natural land area of 40,816.4 km², which accounts for 12.32% of the country’s total land area. The MD has established itself as the nation’s leading center for the production and export of rice, seafood, and fruit, contributing to national food security and the export of agricultural products. However, the region’s average income per capita remains lower than the national average.

Following the Planning Law, Resolution No. 120/NQ-CP dated November 17, 2017, and Decision No. 1163/QĐ-TTg dated July 31, 2020, a development orientation framework for the MD region has been established to serve as a basis for the regional planning for the period 2021-2030, with a vision towards 2050. Concurrently, the planning tasks for 12 out of the 13 provinces and cities in the MD region have been approved, including Kien Giang.

Kien Giang province, with its favorable location and natural conditions, possesses diverse economic potentials and advantages such as agriculture-forestry, construction materials manufacturing, agricultural and seafood processing industries, and tourism. Due to its southwestern border opening to the Gulf of Thailand, Kien Giang also has significant potential for border economy, maritime, and international trade. Furthermore, Kien Giang serves as a gateway for the provinces and cities in the MD region to expand trade with countries in the ASEAN region and the world. Therefore, strategic development planning for Kien Giang province is of utmost importance.

The University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH), and Health & Agricultural Policy Research Institute (HAPRI), cordially invite researchers, experts in the field of development economics, local planning, policy makers, and advisors to submit their articles to the Conference.


Some suggested topics (priority but not limited to):

  • Propose vision scenarios and development goals for Kien Giang up to 2050.

  • Choose which image of Kien Giang to present to the international community.

  • Identify the unique points, potential, or advantages that Kien Giang can sustainably develop.

  • Analyze geographical location characteristics to propose general development scenarios and specifically for the maritime economy, compared to other localities in the world with similar positions and resources.

  • Analyze the regional transportation system and that of Kien Giang. Examine the impact of national and regional transportation planning on Kien Giang.

  • Analyze competitive capabilities and forecast the competitive capacity of industries, industry clusters, and specific commodities for the next 30 years.

  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the business environment, the ability to attract and develop private economic sectors, and attract strategic investors.

  • Analyze household welfare in the development process (income, inequality, poverty, migration, healthcare, education).

Important timelines:

  • Submission deadline: June 15, 2021

  • Notification of results: June 16, 2021

  • Seminar date: To be announced later

  • Seminar Location: Rach Gia - Kien Giang

Formatting guidelines:

  • Cover page should include:

    • Title

    • Author information: name, organization, address, email, phone number,

    • Article summary (up to 300 words) and a maximum of 6 keywords (if any).

  • The article should be single-spaced, font size 12, Times New Roman font.

  • The length of the article should be between 3000-5000 words (excluding references and appendices).

  • Tables, figures, and graphs should be inserted as close to the cited position as possible. Titles should be centered for each table, and figure.

  • References in APA style.

  • Articles from national, regional, or provincial/city practitioners do not necessarily have to follow the above formatting guidelines.

Author benefits:

  • Accepted papers presented at the symposium will be supported with 7 million VND per paper.

  • All local presentation expenses for authors will be sponsored by UEH-HAPRI.

  • Excellent papers will be selected for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Asian Business and Economic Studies (JABES, in Vietnamese).

Please send articles to:; subject: “Author’s Name-Kien Giang’s Master Plan”

Contact information:

Health & Agricultural Policy Research Institute

10th Floor, 279 Nguyen Tri Phuong, Ward 5, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City (Phone: 028 3853 0867)


Contact Secretary:

Tran Thi Phu Duyen
: 0373 225 525



The organizing committee looks forward to receiving articles with practical and specific strategic proposals. 

Professor Dr. Nguyen Trong Hoai
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Asian Business and Economic Studies (JABES)
University of Economics Ho Chi Minh Cit



Dr. Vo Tat Thang
Deputy Head of the Department, Faculty of Economics, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City
Director, Health & Agricultural Policy Research Institute  (HAPRI)


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