|The Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong visits wind-power plant No.1 in Binh Thanh commune, Tuy Phong District.— VNA Photo
BINH THUAN (VNS)— Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has asked the central coastal province of Binh Thuan to develop its maritime economy because it has one of the country's three largest fishing grounds.
Talking with local leaders yesterday, Trong urged them to boost socio-economic development while making sure security and defence were maintained.
He said it was important to perform Party work well as this was a core factor in carrying out other tasks.
The Party leader highlighted the important role of the province in both socio-economic and defence-security fields.
He said he was pleased at the province's significant development. Lives had been improved materially and spiritually, while the rate of poor households had been lowered to 4.8 per cent, almost half the national rate.
In the first half of 2014, Binh Thuan recorded a GDP growth rate of 8.6 per cent, which included signs of recovery in industrial production.
The province recorded more than 1.8 million tourists who provided revenue of nearly VND3.2 trillion (US$150 million), up 7.1 per cent in number and 18.1 per cent in value year-on-year.
The province is now home to 7,500 fishing vessels, which harvested 78,600 tonnes of aquatic products in the first six months, up 6.2 per cent for the same period last year.
The Party leader also visited wind-power plant No.1 in Binh Thanh commune, Tuy Phong District. The 30-MW plant, the first of its kind in Viet Nam, was connected to the national grid in August, 2009. — VNS