|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong visits the central province of Quang Binh yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo
QUANG BINH (VNS) — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has suggested the central province of Quang Binh take advantages of its natural resources to develop agriculture, forestry and fishery industries.
During talks with provincial officials in the province yesterday, Trong noted that mountains made up 85 per cent of the province, which also has 116km of coast line, a vast continental shelf and economic exclusive zone.
He said they had great potential to develop along the path of industrialisation and modernisation.
Trong also urged Quang Binh to pay more attention to tourism development, noting that besides the UNESCO-recognised world natural heritage Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, the province boasted numerous destinations for cultural and spiritual tourism.
He hailed the province for its good performance in implementing the Party Central Committee's Resolution on Party building. He required the local authorities to focus their efforts on organising Party Congresses at all levels in preparation for the 12th National Party Congress.
He urged more attention to Party building at the grassroots level, particularly in businesses, organisations and in poor and ethnic minority regions, stressing that nothing could be done without capable cadres.
The Party leader said Quang Binh, which shared over 200km of border lines with Laos, should foster a special friendship with the landlocked nation.
He said this would help safeguard national independence and sovereignty and maintain a peaceful and stable environment for national development.
During his tour to the central province, the Party chief presented gifts to Vietnamese heroic mother Lai Thi Sen in Dong Hoi City and visited Phu Quy export timber processing factory.
In 2014, Quang Binh achieved economic growth of 7.5 per cent and harvested a record food output of 300,000 tonnes.
The province has 12 communes recognised as meeting all 19 criteria of new-style rural areas. The tourism sector has gradually become a local economic spearhead, welcoming more than 2.7 million visitors, nearly double the previous year, and grossing VND1.6 trillion (US$76.19 million) in revenue.
The rate of poor households was reduced by 5.5 per cent. — VNS