|President Truong Tan Sang paid a two-day working visit to the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai, which ended yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
GIA LAI (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang paid a two-day working visit to the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai, which ended yesterday, to assess the local socio-economic situation, the implementation of administrative reform, and a new construction project.
Covering an area of 15,536 sq.km in the north of the Central Highlands, Gia Lai shares a ninety-kilometre border with Cambodia and is home to 34 ethnic groups.
Provincial officials estimated the value of industrial production at over VND10 trillion (close to US$476.2 million) in the first nine months of 2014, a year-on-year increase of 11 per cent, with a total export turnover of $498 million. Farmland was allocated to 15,850 needy households for subsistence farming, reports showed.
Sang said Gia Lai had made substantial economic progress, particularly in agriculture, indicating its major potential for industrialisation and modernisation. He also told the province to pay attention to villages with particular disadvantages, and closely monitor the implementation of socio-economic targets.
The leader underlined the need to strictly preserve protective forests and ensure there was sufficient land for agricultural production. He called for the application of cutting-edge technologies in farming and animal husbandry to increase yields per unit.
In a separate session, the President requested local judiciary agencies to intensify their law enforcement efforts in response to the complexity of crimes, with a view to safeguarding political security, social order and safety.
On this occasion, the leader visited pastor Huynh Duy Linh, head of the representative board of the Protestant Church in Gia Lai, who said local authorities had created the best possible conditions for practicing the religion.
Throughout the province, 56 church groups have been established, 19 new churches opened their doors to believers, and 75 pastors carry out missionary work, Linh added. — VNS