|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has urged the central province of Ninh Thuan to tap its potential for economic development.—VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has urged the central province of Ninh Thuan to tap its potential for economic development.
The Prime Minister made the statement while addressing the province's leaders in Ha Noi yesterday, where he encouraged them to make use of Ninh Thuan's maritime economy, agriculture, salt production, tourism and services sector.
Dung acknowledged the province's existing barriers to development, including poor infrastructure, lack of fresh water for agriculture, low-skilled workforce and high poverty rate.
The PM stressed the importance of upgrading critical infrastructure; including transport and irrigation networks, environmental sustainability and providing incentives for investment.
Highlighting the importance of the region's 2013 development targets, the Government leader also urged the province to speed up implementation of a new rural development programme and address gaps in education and healthcare.
In 2013, the province's GDP growth reached 10.5 per cent, while average income per capita swelled to VND22 million (US$1,050).
The province is expected to create 15,500 new jobs and reduce the poverty rate by 2 per cent this year.
Binh Phuoc plan
On the same day, PM Dung urged the southern province of Binh Phuoc to maximise its potential in rubber production, calling the province to develop its processing industry at a meeting with key provincial leaders in Ha Noi.
Hailing the province's achievements in development, with a high income per capita and an increase in local living standards, the PM said Binh Phuoc should tackle weaknesses in forest management while continuing its commitment to building new rural areas.
The provincial economy will see GDP growth of 9.59 per cent in 2013 and income per capita will rise to more than VND41.6 million ($1,980), up 9.4 per cent against last year, the province's leaders reported to the PM.
Leaders also said Binh Phuoc had seen positive changes in healthcare, education, social welfare and safety.
They also pledged to pursue growth and improve methods in crime prevention. — VNS