|President Truong Tan Sang visits local people in central Quang Tri Province's Vinh Thach Commune. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
THUA THIEN-HUE (VNS)— President Truong Tan Sang has called for central Thua Thien-Hue Province to take full the advantage of its strategic position in the central coastal region to become a unique centre of culture, tourism, health and education.
The President met with local leaders during his visit to the province yesterday.
He said he was pleased at the development of Thua Thien-Hue's agricultural sector which has overcome the difficulties facing the national economy. Its contribution to the State budget is the highest among the central provinces.
Sang also stressed that the province needed to further exploit its potential for tourism in order to boost income.
As well as extensive work to preserve relics in the ancient capital of Hue, the province must diversify the activities open to tourists and continue upgrading airports to allow a growing number of tourists to visit, the President added.
He urged local authorities to co-operate more with other countries on the East-West Economic Corridor.
He suggested that local leaders work with the Government to complete key road and marine transport projects so that the region can benefit from the potentially lucrative trade agreement recently agreed between Viet Nam, ASEAN and China.
Later the same day, President Sang attended a ceremony to celebrate Vietnamese Doctors' Day held in the Hue Central Hospital and paid a visit to Chan May-Lang Co Economic Zone, which since its establishment six years ago has attracted 32 investment projects, 12 of which have already become operational.
President Truong Tan Sang during his visit to central Quang Tri Province on Saturday praised local people for their services to the nation and their promotion of agricultural development.
Sang, however, criticised the performance of the province's local authorities during working sessions held on Saturday.
In 2012, Quang Tri, which borders Laos, recorded an economic growth rate of 8 percent and a 5.7 percent rise in budget collection. It has also seen success in its rural development, with all of its 117 communes meeting their expansion targets.
The urban areas of Khe Sanh and Lao Bao have become part of the East-West Economic Corridor, which links Viet Nam, Laos and Thailand, and have succeeded in drawing in more local and foreign investments for provincial development.
According to the President, the province's border gate with Laos can facilitate its trade with other ASEAN countries and bring it many opportunities when trade liberation in the bloc is realised in 2015.
Quang Tri, therefore, needs to quickly seek ways to enhance its competitive capacity to exploit these upcoming advantages, Sang said.
He commented in depth of tried and tested economic growth models and the lessons to be drawn from them, and advised local authorities to study them thoroughly to help them design appropriate schemes for progress.
During his stay in the area, President Sang visited Vinh Thach Commune which has had a facelift as the new rural area building programme was implemented there.
President Sang stated that the key role played by locals in the management and operation of the construction had convinced him that the programme is sustainable.
He witnessed donors presenting 100 cows to poor households in the commune.
Sang offered incense to those who died in the war in visits to Truong Son Martyrs Cemetery, Road 9 National Martyrs Cemetery and Quang Tri Citadel Memorial. — VNS