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Can Tho should drive growth: Party leader

Update: August, 15/2014 - 08:39
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong also visits Nam Hai Food Joint Stock Company in the Tra Noc Industrial Park.— VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung

CAN THO (VNS) — Can Tho should be the driving force in the Mekong delta region in developing infrastructure, high-quality human resources and the processing industry, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said.

At a working session with the municipal authorities yesterday, the Party chief asked Can Tho to pay heed to Party build-ups and the consolidation of the political system as well as the battle against corruption and waste.

As a central city in the region Can Tho has yet to establish a strong connection with other regional localities, he said, urging it to proactively work with ministries and central agencies in addressing social problems stemming from urbanisation like flooding, environmental pollution, and hospital overload.

From 2011 to 2014, Can Tho posted an average economic growth of 11.98 percent annually. The economic structuring is on the right track, with trade and services accounting for over 60 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP).

Last year, the city's per capita income was estimated at VND70.5 million (roughly US$3,313) and its budget collection reached nearly VND11 trillion ($517 million).

On his visit here, Trong also visited the Can Tho-O Mon thermo power plant, and had a working session with the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region.

He also visited Nam Hai Food Joint Stock Company in the Tra Noc Industrial Park, Binh Thuy District, the High Command of the Military Zone 9, and the city's general hospital. — VNS

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