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Delta province eyes economic progress

Update: January, 02/2014 - 09:58
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Province of Hau Giang to boost industrialisation and modernisation for continued development of the province.—VNA/VNS Photo
HAU GIANG (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Province of Hau Giang to boost industrialisation and modernisation for continued development of the province.

He also asked officials to focus on additional training for workers to assure a skilled workforce is available for businesses and industries operating in the locality.

Speaking to local residents at a meeting yesterday to mark the province's 10th anniversary, Phuc said Hau Giang should have in place an economic development programme, while investing more in infrastructure, applying advanced technologies in production, as well as continuing programmes to reduce poverty and eliminate hunger.

During the meeting, Hau Giang Province was presented with the President's Independence Order, second class.

Also yesterday, the province renamed its largest street, Hau Giang Avenue, to Vo Nguyen Giap Avenue after the legendary General, who passed away in late September, 2013.

In celebrating its many achievements during the past 10 years, the province also unveiled several measures to speed up economic development in the coming years.

Huynh Minh Chac, the provincial Party Committee Secretary, said efforts would continue to change the structure of the agricultural economy in rural areas and accelerate construction of rural infrastructure.

The province would fully tap the potential available in agriculture, industry, handicrafts, and services to exploit land effectively and create jobs and incomes, he said.

It would focus on improving infrastructure and services in industrial parks and clusters and in urban areas, he said.

Besides improving its investment environment and speeding up administrative reform, the province would also set up mechanisms to encourage domestic and foreign investment in industry to advance industrialisation and modernisation, he promised.

Investment would be stepped up in education and training and science and technology to gradually improve the quality of human resources, he said.

Its action plan also includes greater attention on harmonising economic development with environmental protection and improving the social welfare and healthcare systems, he said.

The province was created in 2004 by dividing the former Can Tho Province into Can Tho City and Hau Giang Province.

Despite facing many challenges, the province achieved average economic growth of 12.39 per cent a year in 2004-13.

Foreign trade went up by 10.26 per cent a year in the last decade to US$350.4 million last year.

It has 26 foreign invested projects with a combined investment of $727.6 million.

In 2009, the province moved up 11 places to the 13th position among the country's 63 cities and provinces in the Provincial Competitiveness Index.

In 2012, it moved further up to the 11th place.

The province has convenient land and water transport systems, and can fully meet investors' electricity, water, and telecom needs.

The province has earmarked around 14.9ha of land in 10 places to build low-income housing. — VNS


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