Contrary to many preconceptions, the Mekong Delta has an excellent investment climate. Most provinces in the Mekong Delta score highly on the Vietnam Provincial Competitiveness Index, a ranking conducted by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Three of the Mekong Delta’s provinces have a top-ten ranking on the PCI: Dong Thap (2), Long An (7) and Kien Giang (9). They outperformed the industrial hotspots of Binh Duong (27) and Dong Nai (42) in Greater Ho Chi Minh City. An additional eight provinces also have strong rankings: Can Tho (15), Ben Tre (18), Vinh Long (21), Bac Lieu (22), Hau Giang (25), Tra Vinh (32), Soc Trang (36) and An Giang (37). Only Tien Giang (52) and Ca Mau (58) are in the lower tier. With the exception of these two provinces, the business climate in the Mekong Delta is highly favorable by Vietnamese standards.