|President Truong Tan Sang visits the Thuan Lan dragon fruit farm in Ham Thuan Nam Commune. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
BINH THUAN (VNS) — Binh Thuan Province should review the prospects of local key staples for further investment as it prepares to meet challenges posed by global integration, including formation of the ASEAN Community late this year, President Truong Tan Sang said yesterday.
He urged provincial authorities to concentrate on three important targets – infrastructure, human resources development and administrative reforms, saying this was needed for the province to achieve a developmental breakthrough.
The President's advice was rendered during working sessions held with key provincial officials during a two-day visit to Binh Thuan that ended yesterday.
He suggested that the province temporarily halt investments in areas where it is not competitive and prioritize major projects that apply scientific and technological advancements.
The President noted that Binh Thuan should be supported financially to develop fishermen's off-shore fishing operations as it holds a strategic position in safeguarding the national sea and island sovereignty.
He asked the province to address existing problems, especially in preparation for Party congresses at all levels and the 12th National Party Congress.
Over the past five years, Binh Thuan has recorded an average annual growth of 8.9 percent. It has focused on setting up specialised areas for growing dragonfruits and rubber – the two local major products.
t is focusing financial sources on upgrading irrigation systems as well as giving a facelift to rural areas and those inhabited by ethnic minority communities.
However, more efforts must be made to improve the living standards of residents in far-flung areas, the President said.
He visited the Thuan Lan dragon fruit farm in Ham Thuan Nam Commune.
A key agricultural product for the province, dragon fruits from Binh Thuan are popular in the domestic market and exported to China, India, Europe, the US and Japan.
The President also inspected the new-style rural area being developed in Phan Thiet City's Thien Nghiep Commune, combining crop cultivation with animal husbandry.
Visiting the Phu Hai fishing union in Phan Thiet, the President underlined the need to support fishermen to make regular offshore fishing trips, and their skills should improve.
He also lit incense at a monument dedicated to late President Ho Chi Minh in Phan Thiet. — VNS