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Prime Minister visits Dak Nong to discuss development agenda

Update: February, 10/2015 - 09:05
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung inspects the construction process of the Nhan Co Aluminium Manufactory in Dak Nong Province yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam.

DAK NONG (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung assigned a number of socio-economic development tasks to the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong during a working session with local authorities yesterday.

The PM requested it to adjust its farm land planning, especially for high-value plants such as rubber, coffee and macadamia nuts, while embracing advanced technology in production and processing.

As natural and developed forests account for 48 per cent of total coverage, he asked Dak Nong to restructure 16 of its plantations and transfer additional forest plots to ethnic minority groups to improve their livelihoods.

Directing the development of the bauxite processing industry, the leader urged the province to put the Nhan Co aluminium factory into operation later this year and launch other aluminium projects.

He also said tourism should be further developed, especially eco-tourism, due to the region's temperate climate.

Last year, the local economy grew by 12.2 per cent, average income per capita exceeded VND32.5 million (US$1,500), and the rate of poor households was reduced to 13.75 percent.

In 2015, the locality is working towards an economic growth of more than 12.25 per cent, an average income per capita over $35 million, and a two per cent decrease in the household poverty rate.

In a working session with the management board of the Nhan Co aluminium plant, the PM suggested it learn from the success of the Tan Rai bauxite-aluminium plant in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, adding that the Government would support the project by clearing any policy or mechanism barriers.

The 650,000-tonne capacity plant was built through an investment by the Nhan Co Aluminium Jsc under the Viet Nam Coal and Mineral Industries Group of more than VND16.8 trillion($800 million).

Poverty reduction

Dung said during a working session with provincial leaders yesterday that reducing poverty among ethnic minority groups in a rapid and sustainable manner is a key priority for the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak.

Noting the persistently high poverty ratio in the locality, especially among minority groups, over 62 per cent of whom are poor, the Government leader suggested that Dak Lak utilise its potential advantages in agro-forestry, industrial plants, breeding, and processing to boost socio-economic development.

The locality should call for investment and hasten the application of advanced technology in production to improve its products and services, he said, urging the province to accelerate the construction of new-style rural areas and provide more support to locals for protecting and promoting forests as well as improving education and healthcare services.

The PM also highlighted the importance of Party building and developing a political system with efficiency and integrity at its core, improving the implementation of ethnic minority and religious policies and ensuring security and defence.

The province recorded economic growth of 8.4 per cent last year, with average per capita income of VND31.4 million ($1,470), according to secretary of the provincial Party Committee Nie Thuat.

In 2015, the province targets 10 per cent growth, per capita income of VND35 million ($1,640), a poverty ratio decrease of 3 per cent and 27,000 new jobs.

During his stay, Dung also paid pre-New Year visits to former leaders of the locality and local artisans. — VNS

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