|National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung (L) attends the opening ceremony of the province's 14th Party Congress in the 2015 to 2020 tenure yesterday in Ha Long City. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sang
QUANG NINH (VNS) — National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung has asked authorities of the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh to promote its sea-based agriculture, mining industry and tourism development towards promoting its socio-economic development in a rapid and sustainable manner.
Addressing the opening ceremony of the province's 14th Party Congress in the 2015 to 2020 tenure yesterday in Ha Long City, the NA Chairman praised recent efforts by the provincial Party organisation to reach important and comprehensive achievements in all fields, but especially in socio-economic development.
He also pointed out shortcomings that Quang Ninh should focus on resolving, such as the locality's socio-economic development has yet to match its potential and strengths, infrastructure facilities have yet to meet development demand, high-quality human resources are insufficient, and the wealth gap is still substantial.
Concurring with the strong determination of the provincial Party organisation, NA Chairman Hung urged the local authorities to fully tap its advantages in natural resources and landscapes to realise its development targets.
He stressed the need for Quang Ninh to pay attention to building brands for local tourism products in order to turn tourism into a spearhead economic sector and ultimately hold a significant proportion of the locality's economic structure.
Hung hoped that the Congress would promote democracy in selecting appropriate candidates for the new provincial Party Committee, thus leading the provincial Party organisation and local residents to successfully implement the Resolution of the provincial Party Committee's 14th Congress.
The political report of the provincial 13th Party Committee highlighted that the province's socio-economic situation developed stably and comprehensively in 2012-15 with an emphasis on implementing strategic breakthroughs and sustainability-oriented economic structure readjustments.
The province's economic growth maintained high levels compared to the nation's average level. Its GDP increased 9.2 per cent last year and GDP per capita reached US$3,900, 76 percent higher than in 2010.
The locality has traditionally been one of the leading localities in State budget collection, reaching $159 trillion in 2011-15, 2.2 times higher than the figures in 2006-10. The household poverty rate reduced to only 1.6 per cent in 2015 from 7.7 per cent five years earlier. — VNS