|President Truong Tan Sang suggests the province play to its strength - its numerous industrial parks, especially the key economic zone of Nghi Son, which has been a driver of major national growth in recent years. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS) — State and Government leaders yesterday attended provincial-level Party congresses to deliver the central Government's instructions and encouragement.
Speaking at the Thanh Hoa congress, President Truong Tan Sang suggested the province play to its strength - its numerous industrial parks, especially the key economic zone of Nghi Son, which has been a driver of major national growth in recent years.
Thanh Hoa should also speed up economic restructuring by renovating its growth models and improving environmental factors to attract more investment, Sang said.
Congress delegates were also told to boost industry development, especially in sectors that employ labourers in rural and remote areas.
Sang said Thanh Hoa Province, which has all three coastal, delta and mountainous terrains, needs to accelerate the development of seaport, transport and storage services to make it stronger in logistics sectors.
According to a report delivered at the province's 18th congress, average growth over the last five years was 11.4 per cent, the highest figure in its 30 years of doi moi (reform) policies.
The report estimated that province's per capita GDP for the year will be US$1,530, which is 1.9 times higher than in 2010. Its average yearly food production will likely hit 1.69 million tonnes, exceeding its set target.
A programme that demonstrated particular progress is the New Style Rural Area Development programme. By the end of this year, 86 communes and 36 villages will be officially recognised as new style rural areas.
Industry and construction maintained high growth, expanding by 13.7 per cent each year. Thanh Hoa has also placed among leading localities in several national indices, including the public administration performance index (PAPI), provincial competitiveness index (PCI) and provincial economic integration index (PEII).
The report said the poverty rate reduced by 3.57 per cent annually, and the province created jobs for more than 300,000 locals in the last five years.
According to the report, Party organisations across the province have strictly abided by the Party Central Committee's resolution on Party building, and the Politburo's instruction on studying and following President Ho Chi Minh's moral example.
A number of shortcomings in the province also received attention in the report. Sustainable agricultural development and the competitiveness of industrial products are both lagging.
In the next five years, the provincial congress said it would target a yearly growth of 12 per cent, and a per capita GDP of $3,600. It would also work to raise the proportion of trained labourers to over 70 per cent and reduce the number of poor households by 2.5 per cent a year.
Participants at the congress also detailed five key programmes to serve the province's development, including one to expand the Nghi Son Economic Zone and another to boost tourism.
Quang Tri in right spot
While President Sang visited Thanh Hoa, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung urged the Quang Tri provincial Party congress to make full use of its position in the East-West Economic Corridor to boost economic growth and fulfill its targets.
Addressing more than 330 delegates, the PM praised the province on its achievements over the past five year, but suggested they now focus investment in the South-East Economic Zone to better exploit the Economic Corridor and border economic zones with Laos.
Because of its location, Quang Tri officially became part of the nation's key central economic region. Conferring the status means the locality will have to revise its socio-economic master plan to focus on strengthening regional connectivity.
The PM said speeding up the development of new-style rural areas and a modern and sustainable agriculture sector would be crucial to the province's success.
Administrative reform, provincial competitiveness and an improved business environment would help Quang Tri further connectivity with its two neighbouring Lao provinces, he advised.
The PM stressed several times that economic growth should go hand-in-hand with cultural development, specifically telling Quang Tri delegates to pay more attention to preserving and promoting traditional cultural values as well as revolutionary and historical sites.
Dung also highlighted a special task for the province's Party, to further build its organisation with a politics and ideology that prize purity and strength. He said it would require high-quality leadership that could play a central role in the province's political system and society.
The Quang Tri Party congress reported it would aim for middle-income status by 2020. A provincial report recorded an average GDP growth of 7.4 per cent during the 2011-15 tenure, and estimated its average income per capita would be VND34 million (around $1,500) this year.
The household poverty rate was a particular bright spot in the summary report, noting a drop from 19.7 per cent in early 2011 to 6.9 per cent in 2015.
During his stay in Quang Tri, the PM visited the Quang Tri ancient citadel and the National Martyr's Cemetery on Road 9 to pay tribute to fallen soldiers. — VNS