|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (Second from right) has a working session with Yen Bai leaders yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
YEN BAI (VNS) — The Government will pay special attention to creating sustainable growth in Yen Bai so that the northern mountainous province can gradually narrow the development gap with other localities nationwide, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said yesterday.
Dung made the pledge at a working session with provincial leaders yesterday as part of a tour to the north.
He hailed achievements gained by local authorities and people during socio-economic development. Economic growth was maintained at a high rate, estimated at 10.4 per cent for this year, while transport infrastructure, especially in rural areas, was upgraded.
The rate of poor households, although still high, had fallen by 4 per cent compared to last year.
The Government leader asked local authorities to bring into full play the province's potential and advantages in agriculture and forestry.
Notably, he said the province should make use of the advantages created by the new Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway to access Ha Noi and Chinese markets, adding that the Government would allocate money to help localities connect to the highway.
He also urged Yen Bai to create favourable conditions for businesses to invest in rural areas so that jobs could be generated.
The PM said there was a need for Yen Bai to pay more attention to poverty reduction, especially for ethnic minority groups.
In the first eight months of 2014, the province reported positive socio-economic changes. Industrial production was estimated to have grown by 7 per cent. This year, GDP growth is expected to be 10.4 per cent, while the rate of poor households could fall to 21 per cent, down by 4 per cent compared to that of 2013.
Earlier, Dung visited the An Hoa Paper Joint Stock Company in Son Duong District in Tuyen Quang Province.
The company is running two projects worth nearly VND9.5 trillion (more than US$450 million), that are creating jobs for nearly 1,200 labourers. — VNS