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January, 17 2014 08:28:00

Party chief tells Dien Bien to modernise

At a working session between the Political Bureau and the provincial Party Committee's standing board in Ha Noi yesterday, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong suggested Dien Bien focus on industrialisation and modernisation, while maintaining political stability and social order and ensuring national security.— VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung

HA NOI (VNS)— Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong directed northern mountainous Dien Bien Province to develop socio-economic infrastructure, particularly a transport system, in order to become a middle-class province by 2020.

Located in a strategic area in terms of national defence and security, Dien Bien is home to the country's biggest hydro-power plants and holds potential in agro-forestry and tourism.

However, it is among the poorest provinces in the northwestern region, with a sparse population and harsh climate.

At a working session between the Political Bureau and the provincial Party Committee's standing board in Ha Noi yesterday, Trong suggested Dien Bien focus on industrialisation and modernisation, while maintaining political stability and social order and ensuring national security.

He asked the province to combat the degradation of political ideology, ethics and lifestyle and ensure there were enough cadres and officials for the next term.

He stated that the Politburo would support Dien Bien's progress as much as it could.

In the past three years, the locality recorded annual growth of 9.64 per cent as its economic structure gradually moved away from agriculture. Improvements have been seen in services, cross-border trade, tourism, socio-culture, healthcare and education.

Income per capita hit VND20.4 million (US$970) and the annual rate of poor households fell by 5 per cent. By 2015, economic growth is expected to reach 12 per cent with income per capita of $1,100 and the rate of poor households will fall below 15 per cent.

Following the session, the Politburo will issue guidelines for the province's development until 2020. — VNS


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