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Soc Trang urged to use resources to develop economy

Update: March, 10/2015 - 09:36
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (R) asks the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Soc Trang to develop its economy beyond agriculture, industry, tourism, and services by utilising all itsavailable resources. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung

SOC TRANG (VNS) — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has told the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Soc Trang to develop its economy beyond agriculture, industry, tourism, and services by utilising all itsavailable resources.

With strongholds in farming and fisheries, he said Soc Trang needed to reduce the rate of impoverished households while addressing environmental pollution and rising sea levels.

The Party chief, who was talking to local authorities during a working session on Sunday, added that workforce quality should be improved upon in the name of industrialisation and modernisation.

As the all-level Party Congresses held before the 12th National Party Congress are quickly approaching, he urged the province to push Party build-up forward in tandem with an expanding campaign on studying and following the late President Ho Chi Minh's moral examples.

At the same time, he said initiatives to stamp out social vices, such as corruption, bureaucracy, and wastefulness should be continued.

Last year, the local economy expanded by 10.4 per cent with gross domestic product per capita reaching VND34.3 million (US$1,640).

In agriculture, the province harvested more than 2.2 million tonnes of rice with an average output of 6.2 tonnes per ha. Total aquaculture output was estimated at 205,000 tonnes.

Industrial production topped VND9.5 trillion ($452.3 million) in addition to $650 million worth of exports. Soc Trang also collected more than VND1.98 trillion ($94.7 million) for the State budget.

The national target programme on new rural development recorded positive results; including cutting back the poverty rate to 12.49 per cent.

Visiting Ngoc To commune in My Xuyen District, one of the 22 localities chosen to implement the national target programme on new rural development, Trong spoke of sustainably.

He also encouraged the commune to maintain its sense of patriotism and creativity in labour as well as improve the quality of life of its residents.

In 2014, the local average income per capital rose to VND31 million ($1,400) and the household poverty rate was brought down to 4.88 per cent from 22.4 per cent.

Trong also visited and present gifts to heroic Vietnamese mothers and the families of war heroes.

Meeting members of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha, the Party leader expressed hope that the local Buddhist community would remain united. — VNS

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