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March, 14 2013 10:55:00

Developing Phu Quoc upgraded to city status

Duong Dong-An Thoi road in Phu Quoc Island District. The district has met all the criteria to be upgraded to a city. — VNA/VNS Photo Duy Khuong

KIEN GIANG (VNS)— Phu Quoc Island District met all the criteria to be upgraded into a city, said Lam Minh Thanh, chairman of the district's People's Committee.

Since the Prime Minister approved an overall development scheme for Phu Quoc in 2004, the area has seen rapid development, with a new international airport and seaports and an average annual economic growth of 22 per cent – nearly a 500 per cent increase from a decade ago.

GDP per capita in 2012 rose to VND50 million (US$2,480), another enormous increase over 2004, said Le Van Thi, chairman of the Kien Giang People's Committee.

More tourists also headed to Phu Quoc, with the number of visitors increasing by about 13 per cent per year. Consequently, the fields of trade and services, construction and transport (sea, air and road) all saw hasty development.

Local authorities suggest the Government support the development of infrastructure in order to attract investors, Thanh said.

A VND8.1 trillions (US$389 million) Government bond will be invested in the main North-South routes around the island, Nguyen Trung Truc Bridge and An Thoi Port.

Of the sum, nearly VND1.6 trillion ($75.7 million) was distributed in 2012, while VND6.5 trillions ($313 million) will be allocated during the 2013-15 period.

According to a recent decision by the Prime Minister, the Government will also invest in roads connecting the main routes with the route around the island as well as residential areas.

The project will require VND5 trillion ($240 million) before 2015, which the province seeks to obtain half from the State budget.

Local authorities have also proposed several strategies for attracting investment into new projects in the island district.

Under the master plan for development until 2030 proposed by the Ministry of Construction, the 567 square-km. island will become a center for not only tourism but also conservation of the area's rich biodiversity. — VNS


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Merlon Bute - butmaroo@gmail.com   Merlon Bute
December, 02 2013 11:20:41
I have been to Phu Quoc half-a-dozen times but it is a year or so since I was there. I am thinking of going again shortly, but am worried that by now development may have destroyed the place. Does anyone know whether there is somewhere one can swim that is not polluted by sewage from resort outfalls, for example?
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