|President Truong Tan Sang (R) and Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) attends the opening ceremony of the city's 21st Party Congress for the 2015-2020 tenure yesterday. VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
DA NANG (VNS) — The central city of Da Nang should pay special attention to building a line-up of Party members at all levels with high professionalism, good virtues and strong political character to meet the locality's development needs, said President Truong Tan Sang.
The President made the remark in his speech at the opening ceremony of the city's 21st Party Congress for the 2015-2020 tenure yesterday, during which he asked the city to focus on developing Party organisations and Party members in private enterprises to be in accordance with the context of increasing national integration.
He spoke highly of recent achievements made by the municipal Party organisation and people, stressing that as an economic centre in the central and Central Highlands region, Da Nang should take the lead in economic development, industrialisation, modernisation and international integration, thus promoting regional development.
The political report from the municipal 20th Party Committee highlighted the locality's efforts to reap remarkable achievements over the last five years, citing political stability, promoting socio-economic development, reinforcing security and defence maintenance and increasing attention to Party building and political system development.
The local gross domestic product increased an average of 9.7 per cent during the last five years and is estimated to hit nearly VND45.9 trillion (more than US$2 billion) in 2015, up 60 percent from 2010. Its gross regional domestic product per capita in 2015 is estimated to reach VND56.8 million ($2,500), nearly twice as much as five years earlier.
|A view of the Man Quang Bay in the central city of Da Nang. President Truong Tan Sang said that the city should pay special attention to building a line-up of Party members on all levels with good virtues and strong political character. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Le Lam
The city saw remarkable culture-society development after a series of social policies were implemented effectively, contributing to improving local living conditions. High-quality human resources development was also intensified.
Efforts to ensure security, defence, social order and safety; combat crime; prevent corruption; and fuel judicial reform and Party building reaped positive results.
However, the report also pointed to shortcomings Da Nang should focus on resolving, noting that the locality's socio-economic development has yet to match its potential and strengths, infrastructure facilities have not been synchronised, the quality of education and training has been uneven and living standard improvements have been slow.
Congress participants discussed and put forth a target to build a strong Party committee and develop the city into a large socio-economic centre of the country and a development catalyst to the central and Central Highlands region, making it a modernisation-oriented industrial city by 2020. The congress will wrap up tomorrow.
HCM City Party Congress
Delegates attending the second day of HCM City's 10th Party Congress yesterday discussed solutions to improve the living quality of city residents over the next five-year period.
Delegates said that improving clean water access and healthcare services were essential for the upcoming years.
Delegate Hang Thi Thu Nga suggested that city further improve clean water access. As many as 350,000 households in the city do not have access to clean water.
She said it was important to reach the city's target of having 100 percent of households have access to clean water by 2020.
|A view of HCM City. Delegates said that improving clean water access and healthcare services were essential for the upcoming years. — File Photo
Other delegates emphasised the need to improve the quality of healthcare.
Tran Khiem Tuan, of the HCM City Electricity Company, said healthcare and education were two essential services affecting the living quality of citizens.
He urged the city to adopt a comprehensive programme to improve the quality of healthcare services, which were still below standard for a city designated as a "special urban area".
The patient overcrowding at HCM City's hospitals remains at a serious level, he said.
"We set a target of having 20 doctors for 10,000 people and 42,000 sickbeds for 10,000 people, but the city has to receive patients from other provinces as well as Laos and Cambodia," Tuan said.
Tang Chi Thuong, deputy director of HCM City Department of Health, said the upgrading of district-level hospitals would contribute to solving the overcrowding problem. He said that leaders at the district level had not devoted enough attention to the overcrowding issue at hospitals.
Thuong suggested that the city develop a programme to help doctors upgrade their skills. Building more schools for medical care training would be one part of the solution, he said.
Meanwhile, Vo Van Thuong, Deputy Secretary of HCM City's Party Committee, said he wanted the city to speed up administration reform and use information technology in order to attract more investment. Thuong said that HCM City has well-trained human resources and a good technology background, but that last year it ranked below other localities in terms of technology application. — VNS