|State President Truong Tan Sang meets with local people in Vinh Thach Commune, Vinh Linh District, Quang Tri Province yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
QUANG TRI (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang wrapped up a two-day tour of the central province of Quang Tri yesterday, visiting Con Co island district and inspecting the new-style rural area building programme in Vinh Linh District's Vinh Thach Commune.
Emphasising the importance of the island district for national security and defence, Sang called on the locality to promote local socio-economic development without affecting defence efforts and suggested islanders pay more attention to protecting the island's forests.
During his visit to Vinh Thach Commune, Sang hailed the locality's efforts to implement the new-style rural area building programme. The commune fulfilled 15 of the 19 criteria and aims to achieve the rest by the end of this year.
He urged Vinh Thach to accelerate the application of agricultural production technologies to improve the quality of products, particularly pepper and rubber, and share experience with other localities.
|On the occasion of the Mid-Autumn festival, President Truong Tan Sang presents gifts to the children of Con Co.— VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
In a working session with key provincial leaders, Sang told them that more attention should be paid to national defence and security, agricultural development and the new-style rural area building programme.
The locality should make full use of its strengths in processing agricultural, forestry and aquatic products and effectively utilise its resources, regarding labour-intensive sectors such as garment, textile and footwear manufacturing as leading industries, Sang noted.
In terms of services, he urged Quang Tri to review the East-West Economic Corridor development programmes and work on tourism in collaboration with neighbouring countries.
The President also highlighted the need for provincial leaders to clarify the role of the Lao Bao border economic area in the East-West Economic Corridor.
Quang Tri recorded annual GDP growth of 7.2 per cent. Its budget grew by 55 per cent and exports rose by 21 per cent, said chairman of the provincial People's Committee Nguyen Duc Cuong. The province invested VND11.26 trillion (more than US$536.19 million) in building new-style rural areas.
He suggested that more central support be provided for a number of projects, including bringing electricity to Con Co, building a dyke system on the island and constructing My Thuy port.
On the occasion of the Mid-Autumn festival, President Sang presented gifts to the children of Con Co. — VNS