|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (second, left) meets officials of Phu Quy Island in Binh Thuan Province yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
BINH THUAN (VNS) — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong yesterday advised Phu Quy island fishermen to establish their own association to support their aims - and to help defend traditional fishing grounds.
Trong was speaking during his first visit to Phu Quy Island in central Binh Thuan Province.
At meetings with local authorities and people, the Party chief said he was impressed by the green environment and beautiful landscapes.
He said the important position held by the district in the country's sea-based economic development strategy should enable it to work out a long-term development plan for fishing, aquaculture and the processing and export of seafood.
Trong also suggested the locality could build reservoirs, plant more trees, upgrade schools and hospitals, and develop its handcraft industry.
Regarding district proposals to build sea embankments and ship shelters as well as upgrade transport infrastructure, Trong said he would present this advice to the relevant agencies.
Phu Quy has maintained a catch output of 24,000 tonnes and contributed VND34 billion ($1.6 million) a year to the State coffers. More than 95 per cent of the district's population has electricity and 98 per cent of households have clean water. All children of school age attend classes.
The Party leader visited armed forces stationed in the district and later toured Nam Hai Co. Ltd., a seafood processing plant that provides stable work for more than 2,000 people. — VNS