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Hai Phong ‘gateway to north' says Party

Update: September, 20/2013 - 08:10
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has urged northern port city Hai Phong to make full use of its strength as the north's gateway to the sea.— Photo dddn
HA NOI (VNS)— Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has urged northern port city Hai Phong to make full use of its strength as the north's gateway to the sea.

Trong called on the city to develop its seaport, services, tourism industry and logistics as part of a concerted effort to spearhead local development.

The party leader was speaking at a working session yesterday between the Party Politburo and the Standing Board of Hai Phong Municipal Party Committee to review the region's progress towards modernisation and industrialisation over the past 10 years.

Reporting to the Poliburo, municipal Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Van Thanh said since starting the resolution implementation, the city's economy had been growing relatively fast. From 2003 to 2012, its GDP rose by an average of 11 per cent per year. Services and industry sectors contributed 90 per cent of the economic growth.

GDP per capita in 2012 reached US$2,064, nearly three times the figure from 2002.

As the main route to the sea for northern provinces, the volume of commodities traded through the city's ports surged from 13 million tones in 2003 to 48.8 million tones in 2012.

 The working session  between the Party Politburo and the Standing Board of Hai Phong Municipal Party Committee to review the region's progress towards modernisation and industrialisation over the past 10 years.—VNA/VNS Photo

By 2020, Hai Phong aimed to become a modern port city, the country's key centre for marine economy development, plus a centre of education, training and health care for the northern coastal provinces, Thanh added.

Development of seaports and airports would be a driving force for the city to become a large services and industry centre, growing at a rapid yet sustainable pace, he said.

After hearing the report, Trong recognised the city's achievements over the past 10 years, saying the results would create firm foundations for Hai Phong to continue developing in the future.

However, the economic growth was neither strong enough nor sustainable, he said.

"Hai Phong should closely follow the directions outlined in the resolutions of the 11th Party Congress which requires economic restructuring in combination with renovating the growth model, as well as rapid but sustainable development and a shift towards in-depth development," the Party leader said.

He reminded Hai Phong to continue maintaining political stability, social safety and order, while actively preventing and thwarting sabotage plans from hostile forces, because the city is strategically placed in terms of national defence-security.

In addition, the Party leader urged the city to pay attention to strengthening Party organisation and the political system, thus creating concerted strength for socio-economic development. — VNS\

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