|An E-De ethnic minority's traditional textile class in the Central Highlands. The region was told to focus on key tasks to maintain socio-political stability and economic growth and improve the education sector. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Ha
CENTRAL HIGHLANDS (VNS) — The Central Highlands Steering Committee has been urged to focus on key tasks to maintain socio-political stability, economic growth and economic reform.
The requests were made by General Tran Dai Quang, Politburo member, Minister of Public Security, and head of the Central Highlands Steering Committee yesterday at a conference to review committee operations in 2014.
"Provinces should concentrate on instructing, supervising and urging relevant ministries, departments, sectors and localities to enforce the National Assembly and Government's resolutions on socio-economic development and the coming State budget," Quang said.
"Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung should be asked to quickly issue preferential mechanisms and policies to help Central Highlands' localities develop their major products and market them," the General added.
He said the steering committee should mobilise resources to connect traffic infrastructure in the region, ensure the success of upgrading of Pleiku Airport, Ho Chi Minh Highway, and other approved traffic projects.
The public security minister also told the steering committee to plan more irrigation, solve water supply problems and develop strategies against flooding. Providing residential and farm land for ethnic people was also considered a priority.
"Better education, improved public health and more health services in remote areas were also issues that need to be tackled this year," Quang said.
The conference heard that Central Highlands provinces had made significant achievements, including 8.74 per cent economic growth, an 11 per cent increase in industrial production, and a total social investment increase of 11.53 per cent, equal to VND65.7 trillion (US$3.1 billion).
Local enterprises earned exports of $2.51 billion, an increase of 49.3 per cent. Per capita income reached VND34.9 million ($1,600), an increase of 13.6 per cent compared to the previous year.
Up to 61,000 people received vocational training in the region and nearly 99,000 laborers found work.
Of note, poverty reduction enabled more than 34.600 households to escape poverty in 2014, decreasing the total number of poor families to 10.12 per cent.
Also yesterday, the Central Highlands Steering Committee spent VND8 billion from its Social Welfare Fund presenting gifts to households eligible for preferential policies.
The Central Highlands Steering Committee and the High Command of Border Guard on Sunday signed a joint programme to ensure border security in the Central Highlands region.
The programme aims to increase the quality of border guards, the key force in defending national sovereignty, territory, security and order in border areas. — VNS