|The construction of a new cruise port along the Han River, the most modern facility in Viet Nam to date, kicked off in the central province of Da Nang last week. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Lam
QUANG NAM (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc yesterday stressed the importance of the central coastal region in the country's socio-economic development process, saying its potentials should be exploited in a sustainable manner.
Addressing a forum on sustainable development held by the Ministry of Planning and Investment in collaboration with the World Bank, Phuc said the region has great potential in tourism, mineral resource exploitation and deep water ports.
He advised localities in the region to combine economic development with environmental protection.
Victoria Kwakwa, the World Bank's Viet Nam Country Director, also told the forum that localities should closely co-ordinate with each other to take full advantage of their potentials to develop infrastructure and diversify tourism products.
Other speakers shared their views on how to intensify socio-economic development while still protecting the environment, including strengthening transport infrastructure connectivity, using water resources in a sustainable manner and managing and mitigating the risks of natural disasters.
The central coastal region stretches from Ha Tinh to Phu Yen with a total population of about 9.9 million.
Land clearance deadline
Phuc also met yesterday afternoon with leaders of Quang Ngai as well as several districts to talk about progress made in the project to expand and upgrade the National Highway 1 section that runs through the central province.
He asked the provincial People's Committee to strengthen its focus on supervising land clearance to ensure the process is completed by June 30.
He also asked the officials in charge to work responsibly in supporting residents who have to be relocated because of the project. The residents should be able to enjoy stable lives after resettlement, he said, adding that for this to happen, other work related to the construction of resettlement areas, such as electricity and telecom connections, water supply and provision of other utilities, should be done well and in time.
Phuc said the Government would give a temporary loan of VND50 billion (US$2.38 million) so that the province is able to expedite the land clearance process.
He also said the Transport Ministry would propose to the Prime Minister a 19-kilometre extension of the National Highway 1.
According to Le Quang Thich, acting chairman of Quang Ngai People's Committee, of the 197ha of land required for the project, 176ha have been cleared, which means 90 per cent of the land clearance target has been met.
Of the total of over 6,270 relocating households that need to be compensated, nearly 2,890, or 46 per cent, have already received their compensation.
He said the province was constructing 23 resettlement areas for the relocating families.
The National Highway 1 section running through Quang Ngai Province is more than 91 km long.
Thich said his administration would focus on removing obstacles to ensure that the land clearance is completed by June 30, as ordered by the Deputy Prime Minister. — VNS