QUANG NINH — Quang Ninh should develop policies to modernise and industrialise the province, while protecting natural resources and ensuring national security, by 2015.
|A view of the Tuan Chau tourism area in Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province. The province has been asked to protect natural resources while modernising and industrialising. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Ha
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the statement at the investment promotion conference entitled "Quang Ninh – Convergence and Pervasion" held in the northeastern province yesterday.
The two-day event which has attracted participation of nearly 1,000 people including representatives of ministries, embassies, international organisations, agencies, investors and localities aimed to introduce its socio-economic development strategy until 2020 and towards 2030.
Dung hailed the province's growth as it had obtained great achievements and witnessed new development.
"The GDP growth rate averaged 12.7 per cent per year. The economic structure has been shifted in a positive manner as its industry and services accounted for more than 94 per cent while agriculture accounted for 5.6 per cent," he said.
He added the province last year managed to achieve a growth of 12 per cent, doubling the average rate of the nation. GDP per capita reached US$2,200 with the budget reaching more than VND29 trillion ($1.38 billion), the highest level ever reached.
The PM urged the province to mobilise all domestic and foreign resources to invest in and develop the comprehensive and modern infra-structure systems, giving priority to projects with strategic significance such as the Noi Bai- Ha Long, Ha Long – Mong Cai traffic routes, the road linking Ha Long with Ha Noi- Hai Phong Highway, Hai Ha- Mong Cai, Thanh Hoa- Quang Ninh coastal road, Van Don Airport, Yen Vien-Pha Lai – Ha Long railway, Cai Lan and Hai Ha ports.
Quang Ninh pushes 20 projects
The province has introduced around 20 projects worth several billion dollars, which have sought investment at the conference in five sectors - tourism and entertainment services, seaports and logistics systems, commerce, infrastructure, training and human resources.
Of the projects, one concerned with infrastructure – the $3 billion Hai Ha Seaport Industrial Park – is the largest proposed.
In addition, the province has also introduced tariff-free zones and a new industrial park in the Van Don Economic Zone with total investment of $1.5 billion and Van Don International Airport worth $1.2 billion.
Also at the event, the province signed a memorandum of understanding with both local businesses and foreign partners.
It granted investment certificates for the $47 million Wheat Flour Plant, construction of a $182 million Hoanh Bo Industrial Park and a tourism area worth $42 million. — VNS
"The province should attach importance to the training and development of qualified human resources with management skills, encouraging the application of science and technology, innovating and transferring environment-friendly technologies," he said.
Dung also asked the province to actively and positively integrating into the international arena to effectively exploit its potentials and advantages. Developing appropriate solutions and plans to effectively promote the Viet Nam – China: two corridors, one economy co-operation programme, focusing on the development of border trade, building Mong Cai City into a modern international border city, playing an important role in developing the coastal economy connecting the province with China's Guangxi Province, thus boosting trade, investment and tourism among Viet Nam, China and ASEAN countries for mutual benefit and development.
Speaking at the conference, secretary of the provincial Party Committee Pham Minh Chinh said the province conveyed a clear message about the determination of removing economic growth model from hot to green and sustainable development associated with reorganising economic restructure and ensuring social security.
"We have established a new investment promotion agency with focus on improving investment environment comprehensively, contributing to promote FDI, ODA flows and capital from private sector into Quang Ninh in the coming time," Chinh said.
Nguyen Van Doc, chairman of the provincial People's Committee said the province's advantages relied on how it differentiated itself from other places.
"Quang Ninh has a number of special factors including location, topography, nature, economy and human resources as well as being a modern part of the world. It is also a centre for production and development in the for sectors of coal mining, industry, thermal power, building materials, shipbuilding, seaport services and border trading," Doc said.
He added the province was one of two localities approved by the Government to build economic zones in Van Don, Quang Ninh and Phu Quoc in southern Kien Giang Province including a high-quality marine-island tourism centre, airport, seaport and local-regional financial services hub.
"Quang Ninh, with its strategic location as a force of momentum in the North, will not only bring prosperity to itself, but also other localities in the region, neighbouring provinces and the country," said Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh. Vinh added that the Government had provided preferential policies and mechanisms as well as several important projects to help the province fully tap into its potential.
Minister of Finance Vuong Dinh Hue said Viet Nam had boosted progress to economic restructuring and Quang Ninh Province therefore should follow the roadmap in its socio-economic planning.
Hue said the province could hire foreign consultancy firms to help socio-economic planning, to further help the province.
Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang said the province had created a friendly business environment.
"These factors could help Quang Ninh become an industrialised province by 2015, five years before the country's target as set by the provincial authorities," Hoang said.
Hirokazu Yamaoka, chief representative of the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) recommended the province should take advantages of Ha Noi's expansion and neighbouring Hai Phong City for the development of regional links.
Alexander Feldman, president of the US-ASEAN Business Council, which represents more than 110 US companies across several sectors, said the province's unique position would attract global projects in industries involved in land, seaports and even air travel.
He said they acknowledged that Viet Nam has had innovative ways to find solutions to improve its infrastructure.
He said the US business community had been optimistic about Viet Nam's economy and the two-way trade turnover last year was six times higher than 2010.
He added that they would continue to work with the provincial authorities to seek investment opportunities in the province.
He also urged the Government to complete its legal framework on public-private partnerships to take advantage of finance and technology for the country's infrastructure projects.
"With strong support from the Government, Quang Ninh Province could become a key economic zone in the northern region," he said, adding that the main drives would be tourism, logistics, food processing, commerce and coal mining. — VNS