|During a working session with Vinh Long's key leaders, he urge the province to do more to promote the building of new rural areas and reduce traffic accidents.
HA NOI (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday visited the Mekong Delta provinces of Vinh Long, Hau Giang and Can Tho.
During a working session with Vinh Long's key leaders, he urged the province to do more to promote the building of new rural areas and reduce traffic accidents.
At the meeting, the PM spoke highly of the socio-economic development achievements recorded in Vinh Long, especially in improving the living standards of local people and reducing poverty.
He conceded that the province did still have some shortcomings to overcome, including poor transport and healthcare infrastructures, a lack of high-quality human resources, a small industrial sector and uncompetitive farm producers.
Dung went on to stress the locality's potential and called on its leaders to increase efforts for further socio-economic development. He put stresses on removing obstacles for businesses, especially in agriculture and seafood processing, as well as implementing measures to stabilise the market.
He urged Vinh Long to concentrate on attracting investment to the expansion of industries, particularly processing enterprises using locally-available materials, in order to meet its goals for 2013.
Last year, the province recorded a GDP growth of 7.82 per cent and a per-capita annual income of VND31.82 million (US$1,500).
Earlier in the day, Dung visited Hau Giang where he called on the local authorities to strengthen their competitive edge and overcome innate weaknesses.
He instructed Hau Giang to focus its resources on effectively building new rural areas while enhancing the effectiveness and planning of investment in transport, power, clean water and healthcare.
The PM asked the province to pay heed to education at all levels, including vocational training, to ensure social welfare and poverty reduction by generating jobs while improving the material and spiritual lives of the local population.
Dung praised the locality for its socio-economic achievements last year, noting that GDP rose by over 14 per cent year-on-year, agriculture grew by 4.1 per cent, 24,500 jobs were created and the rate of poor households reduced by nearly 4 per cent.
The PM and ministry and department leaders threw their support behind the construction of a hi-tech agriculture area in the province alongside several key transport projects.
On his visit to Can Tho, Dung said that the province's university should become a regional leader by investing more in research and interdisciplinary training.
He urged the institution to become a strong technology transfer centre and a supplier of high-quality human resources for the Mekong Delta so as to help the area overcome its difficulties.—VNS