HAI PHONG — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked Hai Phong northern City's authorities and other agencies to make sure that work on Lach Huyen international port is finished on schedule in 2016.
Dung was speaking at a meeting with Hai Phong leaders during a visit to the site of the port in Lach Huyen, Cat Hai District, yesterday.
The first phase of the project will cost a total of more than VND22 trillion (US$1 billion. It means the completion of two wharves capable of handling 100,000 dead-weight tonne (DWT) vessels, breakwaters, roads, and electricity and water infrastructure.
The municipal leaders said the city had told Cat Hai district to focus on site clearance to ensure progress was made.
Dung praised the city's comprehensive socio-economic development results in the first half of the year, despite difficulties in domestic and world economies.
He advised the city to give priority to industrial development while helping businesses, especially those making construction materials or were involved in shipbuilding, to expand their markets and access capital sources.
He encouraged it to make the most of its advantages by developing industrial and economic zones as well as speeding up infrastructure development to lure investment projects with high technological content.
The Government leader asked ministries and agencies to take measures to help boost the city's development in the remaining months of the year, focusing on infrastructure projects such as the Ha Noi-Hai Phong Expressway and a project to dredge Hai Phong Port.
According to the municipal People's Committee, in the first six months of the year, the city recorded a GDP growth of 6.81 per cent, 1.55 times higher than the national rate. — VNS