The Mekong Delta already has reliable infrastructure, and new investments are driving improvements in roads, bridges, airports, canals, ports, mobile broadband coverage and power infrastructure. These infrastructure improvements enable surging economic activity and present further opportunities for both, public and private investment.
In a region with almost 30,000 km of canals and rivers, waterways have been the most important transport network in the Mekong Delta for centuries. Many of the Delta’s ports are small and still operating below their capacities, but new infrastructure initiatives like the Mekong Waterways Project will help revitalize the canal network and enhance shipping capacity.
Land transport links have substantially improved. The most significant upgrading in recent years was the connection of Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho, the Delta’s urban center, with a highway and continuous bridges, including the 2.7 km long Can Tho Bridge. This bridge has helped reduce travel times between these cities from more than 6 hours in 2010 to less than 3 hours today.
The Mekong Delta also has four airports: Rach Gia, Ca Mau, Phu Quoc and Can Tho. The latter two are international airports. These links ensure that all parts of Mekong Delta can be reached within a few hours from Hanoi and HCMC.
Good power coverage is available. Despite occasional power cuts, firms also report satisfaction with the power supply in a survey by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.