|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung speaks at the event. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
HAI PHONG (VNS) — The northern city of Hai Phong marked its liberation from the French colonialists 60 years ago at a ceremony held on May 9 in the presence of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, among others.
During the struggle against foreign invaders, Hai Phong emerged as one of the cradles of the Vietnamese working class and was among the first localities nationwide absorbingthe Marxism-Leninism introduced into the country by Nguyen Ai Quoc, the then President Ho Chi Minh.
Under the leadership of the Party and President Ho, Hai Phong people and soldiers stood steadfastly together with their peers across the country.
They contributed to the Dien Bien Phu victory that ended French domination of north Viet Nam.
On May 13, 1955, Hai Phong was liberated from the French and started to build socialism and preparing logistics for the struggle towards the liberation of the southern region.
Hai Phong now has an average annual GDP growth rate of 10.43 percent and a per capita income of US$2,857. The number of poor households has fallen to 2.33 per cent.
Dung said he expected Hai Phong wouldl be a key locality in developing its sea-based economy, advising it to also focus on hi-tech agriculture and scientific and technological advance application in the processing of agro-products and seafood. — VNS