HA NOI — Da Nang is determined to be among the leading cities to make an all-out effort to become industrialised by 2020.
Local officials also showed their determination to fulfil the goal which would help see the nation become industrialised within the next decade, yesterday on the 35th anniversary of the city's liberation day.
"We have been making efforts to become an industrialised city, a quality service centre, a key international transport gateway and a top-ranking city," said the secretary of the municipal Party Committee, Nguyen Ba Thanh, in his address at the ceremony.
Thanh recalled the historic victory that liberated the city on March 29, 1975.
The central city of Da Nang celebrates its 35th anniversary of liberation yesterday. The city is making an all-out effort to become industrialised in 10 years. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Ha
After being a large enemy military base, Da Nang has since tackled various challenges to overcome the war's aftermath and develop the city's socio-economic and political life, he said.
The city has now become a first-class, industrial city under the central administration. It is the region's service centre and an important international gateway.
The city's economy has swiftly been restructured to be mainly dependent on services, various industries and agriculture, growing at an average pace of more than 11 per cent annually. Its annual per capita income is expected to hit US$2,000 this year and its export revenue to pass the $1 billion threshold.
Da Nang's competitiveness index has remained in the top position nationwide for the last two consecutive years.
Truong Tan Sang, Politburo member and permanent member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Viet Nam Central Committee, urged Da Nang's authorities to speed up the construction of hi-tech industrial facilities, especially those focused on IT.
"As the key city of the central region, Da Nang needs to be industrialised ahead of the targeted time," said Sang, urging the city to catch up with Ha Noi and HCM City to become the country's top three hi-tech centres.
The Government had always provided Da Nang with significant support, yet the city needed to come up with its own initiatives to co-operate effectively with other localities and contribute more to the growth of the central economic zone and the whole nation, he said. — VNS