|President Truong Tan Sang visits Hai Phong City yesterday. He asks Hai Phong authorities to pursue the development of a higher skilled workforce to aid the city's transition to an economic hub.— VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HAI PHONG (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang has told Hai Phong authorities to pursue the development of a higher skilled workforce to aid the city's transition to an economic hub.
President Sang told municipal officials at a working session yesterday that the port city needed to review its strategy on training and allocating workers, and the role of the city's vocational schools, colleges and universities in increasing the supply of skilled workers.
The President's comments highlight some of the challenges affecting businesses in the city, some of which are struggling with performance issues.
Sang paid tribute to the city's efforts in achieving an economic recovery but stressed that the city's strategic position as a trade gateway to the north would provide significant opportunities to integrate with the global economy.
Speaking on how to develop key projects in the port city, Sang suggested that greater involvement, particularly from the private sector, and bond issuances were prudent measures to help source the funds needed.
|President Truong Tan Sang paid a visit to the High Command of Navy.— VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
He also urged the city to drive the development of its maritime economy and assist island localities, particularly Bach Long Vi district, by providing logistical support for fishermen and rescue support.
In the first six months of this year, Hai Phong saw impressive GDP growth of 7.2 per cent. The city also saw a 14.6 per cent surge in the amount of goods handled at Hai Phong port and a 7.1 per cent rise in tourist arrivals. About US$637 million in foreign direct investment poured into the city during the same period.
While this growth has provided a major boost to the city, Hai Phong is still grappling with potential water shortages, rising sea levels and pollution emanating from rural areas and industrial parks.
Earlier, the President paid a visit and presented gifts to the High Command of Navy, where he praised personnel and soldiers. He said all servicemen had overcome significant challenges in safeguarding Viet Nam's maritime borders and national sovereignty, while also providing protection to maritime law enforcement agents and Vietnamese fishermen. — VNS