Coastal province celebrates milestone
QUANG NINH (VNS) — The northeastern coastal province of Quang Ninh held a ceremony last Saturday to mark the 50th anniversary of its founding.
Addressing the meeting, Le Hong Anh, Politburo member and Permanent member of the Communist Party of Viet Nam Central Committee's Secretariat, praised the province's socio-economic achievements.
Over the past 50 years, he said, the province has become one of the Red River Delta's three economic hubs. To date, Quang Ninh is the only province with four cities under its direct control; last year, it ranked fifth in contributions to the State budget.
The province has seen an average GDP growth rate of over 10 per cent for the last 20 years. Its GDP per capita is US$2,910, 1.7 times last year's national average.
By 2020, the province seeks to become a centre for international tourism as well as for modern industry and services. It also aims to be one of the country's biggest economic successes.
Anh asked the province to effectively carry out breakthrough areas in the country's socio-economic development strategy for 2011-20 along with renewing its growth model, restructuring its economic sector and developing a green economy.
He also required the province to continue promoting the campaign to learn from President Ho Chi Minh's moral example. — VNS