|State President Truong Tan Sang presents gifts to poor households in Tien Phong Commune, Da Bac District during his visit to Hoa Binh Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang urged the northwest mountainous province of Hoa Binh to use its strengths to attract more investment during his working session with key leaders of the locality yesterday.
The President also asked for stronger efforts to promote local economic growth, requiring a focus on fostering administrative reform and infrastructure development.
He said the locality maintained stable growth in recent years, while its models of building new rural areas proved effective, improving local people's living conditions. However, he noted that Hoa Binh needed to solve a number of issues, especially those related to drug trafficking.
Earlier, the State leader visited Tien Phong Commune in Da Bac District, home to 560 households who gave up their land to build the Hoa Binh Hydropower Plant.
Due to disadvantages in transport and terrain caused by mountains, the poverty rate of the commune remains high at 41 per cent. However, education and healthcare services are ensured.
Expressing concern over the high poverty rate, the President asked provincial authorities to intensify measures to narrow the rich-poor gap and achieve sustainable poverty reduction.
He suggested learning from experience in fishery planning.
In 2014, the locality raked in over VND10 trillion (US$471 million) from agricultural and aquaculture production, achieving growth of 4 per cent. It welcomed two million holiday-makers, earning VND700 billion (US$33 million).
Hoa Binh will focus on eight groups of measures towards realising its socio-economic target in 2015, with emphasis on restructuring agriculture and forming concentrated areas for goods production.
Earlier, President Truong Tan Sang worked with key leaders of northern mountainous Son La Province to implement the resolution of the 11th National Party Congress and promote socio-economic development and national defence.
To spur the local economy, he suggested more investment in infrastructure, especially transport facilities in disadvantaged areas.
Hailing the province for achieving economic growth of over 10 per cent over the last five years, the President underscored the need to focus on agriculture, forestry and breeding, while promoting the application of advanced science and technology in production to improve the output and quality of products.
Additionally, it was necessary to pay attention to education and training, especially vocational training to create a high-quality workforce serving the locality's development, he stressed.
The State leader also reminded Son La to enhance management to prevent ineffective investment.
He asked the local border guard forces and authorities to co-operate closely and collaborate on raising public awareness of fighting crime.
During his visit, the President inspected a new 80km road in the border districts of Song Ma and Sop Cop which plays an important role in safeguarding defence security and promoting socio-economic development in the locality's ethnic minority areas. On the occasion, he presented 100 gifts to poor families in Sop Khop, the Mekong Delta city of District's Muong Lan Commune.
Son La is home to 12 ethnic groups. Five out of its 12 districts are poor. The local Party Committee and authorities have joined hands and rolled out measures to realise socio-economic development and poverty reduction targets. — VNS