August, 18 2014 08:30:00

Party chief urges southern provinces to strive for goals

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (second from right ) visits Khai Hoan fish sauce factory in Kien Giang Province's Phu Quoc District during his tour of the southern provinces of Kien Giang and Hau Giang. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
KIEN GIANG (VNS) — "Phu Quoc should make use of its resources, which include a clean environment, beautiful beaches and rich cultural and spiritual treasures, to develop tourism," Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong told district officials during his two-day working trip to the island on the weekend.

Given its convenient location and advantageous natural conditions, the island district should also invest in fisheries and aquaculture to serve both the domestic market and exports, he suggested.

Trong told the district as well as Kien Giang Province to strive to attain the goals set for the 2011-15 period and to prepare for Party conferences at all levels. These congresses provided good opportunities to review the progress of the past five-year tenure, he said, so that leaders could devise a development strategy for the next five or 10 years.

Trong urged local authorities to continue carrying out the Party Central Committee's Resolution 4 (11th tenure) on Party building and the Politburo's Directive 3 on following the moral example of President Ho Chi Minh. Only when the Party organisation is strong can it serve as the core of the national unity and fulfill its targets, he said.

Trong also offered incense in tribute to revolutionaries who were killed in Phu Quoc prison. Nearly 40,000 revolutionaries were detained in the prison between 1967-73, and one tenth of them died due to harsh living conditions and torture. The prison is now a national historical relic.

Phu Quoc district, an administrative unit of the southern province of Kien Giang, comprises 27 islands with Phu Quoc being the largest. The island, which has earned a reputation worldwide as a tourist destination, welcomed nearly 325,000 holidaymakers in the first seven months of this year.

Earlier on Friday, the Party General Secretary had a working session with local officials of the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang as part of his southern tour.

Trong asked the province to build more large-scale rice fields and develop the processing industry in order to boost industrialisation.

Local authorities should seek more investment, as well as human and financial resources, and improve the business environment, he suggested.

Trong urged the province to strengthen connectivity with surrounding localities, especially Can Tho city, the driving force of development in the region.

He also stressed the necessity of reinforcing Party organisations and the political system to prevent degradation in ideology, ethics and lifestyle and combat corruption and wastefulness.

Hau Giang has recorded significant growth in recent years as it shifts towards high-tech agriculture. The province's per capita income is nearly VND29 million (US$1,360). Locals harvest one million tonnes of rice per year in addition to sugar cane and fruit trees.

The same day, Trong visited Tan Thanh Commune, which has completed almost all criteria on the building of new-style rural areas.

He also presented gifts to several families of martyrs and heroic mothers. — VNS

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