|Road is constructed in Tay Ninh Province's border commune of Ben Cau. The funding of infrastructure development in the province has proved effective, as evident from the substantial socio-economic improvement there. — Photo baotayninh.vn
TAY NINH (VNS) — The funding of infrastructure development in the southwest province of Tay Ninh has proved effective, as evident from the substantial socio-economic improvement there.
The Tay Ninh People's Committee said since 2006, nearly VND1.55 trillion (US$68.55 million), sourced from State and local budgets, has been spent on developing infrastructure in 20 communes bordering Cambodia.
More than VND600 billion ($27.42 million) of the total amount was spent on building more than 900km of roads, and about VND200 billion ($9.14 million) was allocated for developing facilities within the economic zones at Moc Bai and Xa Mat border gates and auxiliary border gates.
The province spent VND313 billion ($14.3 million) on school constructions and repairs, while VND56 billion ($2.56 million) was earmarked for upgrading and equipping clinics with technical equipment, the committee said.
It added electricity systems, border markets, water supply and irrigation stations and cultural centres in recent years.
Provincial authorities said thanks to infrastructure development and favourable conditions for cross-border business activities, the local socio-economic situation has improved.
The gross domestic product of the 20 border communes has increased by an average of 11.8 per cent annually since 2006. The production value of agro-forestry and fisheries has expanded by 6.4 per cent per year, and the service industry has enjoyed an annual 9.5 per cent growth.
The per capita income in these localities has exceeded US$2,000, helping to reduce the number of impoverished and near-poor households to four per cent by late 2014, the provincial People's Committee noted.
However, it said funding for the border communes met just a little more than 50 per cent of the real demand due to limited local budgets, adding that roads serving border trading activities in Tan Bien, Tan Chau, Ben Cau and Chau Thanh, besides Trang Bang districts have deteriorated and need to be repaired as soon as possible.
At a recent working session with the Party Central Committee's Commission for Economic Affairs, Chairwoman of the People's Committee Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy asked for finances for the upgrade of a 240km-long border belt road and for building an expanded section of National Road 14C that passes through Chau Thanh border district, to boost trade activities and defence-security co-operation in the border areas. — VNS