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Cao Bang advised to use untapped strengths

Update: April, 24/2015 - 09:29
Yesterday morning, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (M) offered incense and planted trees at a memorial dedicated to late President Ho Chi Minh inside the Pac Bo relic site in Truong Ha commune, Ha Quang district. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung

CAO BANG (VNS) — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong yesterday said the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang has a lot of untapped potential for development.

In a working session with local authorities, he said the province should review its strengths and look beyond agriculture and forestry.

With a 330km border with China, the province is well positioned to develop cross-border trade, he said.

He also mentioned special national relic sites like Pac Bo, Tran Hung Dao forest and the Phat Tich Truc Lam Ban Gioc pagoda as promising sources of tourism revenues, noting that the sector's earnings have grown by 230 percent since 2010.

Trong said infrastructure development should be one of the strategies deployed to bring about economic prosperity, alongside poverty alleviation and expanding successful business models.

He urged the province to fine-tune policies, optimize resource utilization and build a core human resource base qualified to tackle global integration challenges.

He also said that while economic development remains the central focus, Party-building is a crucial task. The significance of national defence and security is a constant, he added.

He said leaders should show exemplary character and be capable of uniting officials and Party members.

Cao Bang should boost regional connectivity and make thorough preparations for upcoming Party congresses at all levels, he said.

Over the last five years, Cao Bang has recorded an annual economic growth of 9.2 percent with an average income per capita of US $878.

Its annual food output averaged 250,000 tonnes, and the agriculture sector generated a value of VND35 million ($1,670) per hectare. Its poverty rate has reduced by over four percent annually to the current 20 percent, Trong was told.

Yesterday morning, the Party leader offered incense and planted trees at a memorial dedicated to late President Ho Chi Minh inside the Pac Bo relic site in Truong Ha commune, Ha Quang district.

He told senior officials of the commune to pay more attention to Party building and ensuring a strong and healthy political system. They should continue the campaign encouraging people to study and follow the moral example of late President Ho Chi Minh, he said.

The Party leader later visited and presented gifts to war hero relatives in the district.

Cao Bang is a mountainous province in the northeast of Viet Nam with more than 90 per cent of its land covered by forests, mountains and rivers.

Around 95 per cent of the province's population belong to ethnic minority communities. It has six of the poorest communes in the country. — VNS

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