|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung presents gifts to ethnic minority people in Sa Thay District's Mo Rai Commune during his visit to the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum yesterday.—VNA/VNS Photo Lam Khanh
GIA LAI (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday advised the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai to better apply scientific and technological advances towards improving the quality and competitiveness of local products.
He told local authorities that they should continue efforts to overcome difficulties in boosting production and business development.
He said the province needs to foster socio-economic development by improving implementation of policies designed to attract more investment.
The Prime Minister said Gia Lai should also make better use of its natural resources including forests and fertile farming land by furthering its agricultural restructuring process.
He urged provincial authorities to sharpen their focus on improving living conditions of local people, developing healthcare, education and culture. "You should pay more attention to developing vocational training and generating jobs for rural workers," he said.
The PM called for greater focus on poverty reduction, particularly among ethnic minority communities in the province, as also strengthened efforts to maintain political stability, social security and public order.
Provincial authorities informed the PM of steps they have been taking to promote socio-economic development. They said they were targeting a GDP growth rate of 12.3 per cent for 2014.
Later yesterday, Dung visited Mo Rai Commune in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum.
He urged greater efforts on the part of local authorities and armed forces stationed in Mo Rai to promote socio-economic development, strengthen national defence and security and building a border of peace, co-operation and friendship with neighbouring Cambodia.
Dung also asked authorities of Kon Tum Province and Sa Thay District, where Mo Rai is located, to focus on infrastructure investment and improve land allocation towards helping ethnic minority communities achieve better living standards.
The PM announced that Sa Thay District will be split into two and Mo Rai divided into four communes - Mo Rai, Ia Dom, Ia Toi and Ia Dal.
Currently, Mo Rai Commune, which has a population of about 10,000, shares a border of nearly 100km with Cambodia and is considered of strategic importance in ensuring national defence and security.
Sa Thay District is located in the southwest of Kon Tum Province, around 30km from Kon Tum City. It has a total population of 48,700, 57 per cent of whom belong to ethnic minority groups. — VNS