Hanoi (VNA) - Party General Secretary
and President Nguyen Phu Trong has asked authorities of the Mekong Delta
province of Kien Giang to fully tap its potential and strengths, especially in
agriculture and tourism, in order to well perform tasks and orientations set for
the locality in 2019.
Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong (standing) speaks at the
working session with leaders of Kien Giang province (Source: VNA)
During a meeting with leaders of the
province on April 14, Trong requested representatives from relevant ministries,
sectors and agencies to discuss and clarify prominent achievements made by Kien
Giang, and analyse potential and advantages as well as development
orientations, towards fostering the province’s rapid and stronger development
in the coming time.
He highlighted the need to pay
attention to promoting comprehensive development, saying that the socio-economic
development should be the centre, the Party building should be the key task and
culture should be the spiritual foundation of the society.
The local authorities were also
requested to focus on maintaining defence and security and having good relations
with neighbouring countries that share the borderline with Kien Giang.
The top leader asked for strategic
orientations, master plans and specific plans for each fields, saying that these
are necessary to devise polices on investment attraction, goods consumption,
infrastructure development, and human resources training.
Reports at the meeting showed that
the provincial Party Committee always attached importance to political and
ideological education for officials and party members, and strictly implementing
resolutions and directives of the Party Central Committee.
The province’s economy has recorded
stable growth with its GDP hitting over 62.3 trillion VND (2.68 billion USD) in
2018, 1.23 times higher than that of 2015. The average GDP growth in 2016-2018
stood at 7.13 percent, while per capita income increased from 1,664 USD in 2015
to 2,094 USD in 2018. Attention was also paid to the new-style rural areas
development movement, helping bring better living conditions of local people.
Kien Giang has completed the
restructuring of State-owned enterprises, while it has seen strong development
of private firms. The province is home to 8,770 businesses, up 1.23 times
compared to the figure in 2015, with total capital of over 91.7 trillion VND
(3.95 billion USD).
The sea-based economy accounts for
73.82 percent of the province's GDP. The service sector grows at an average rate
of 11 percent per annum; and its export turnover surges 17.61 percent per year.
Tourism has become a spearhead
economic sector of the province, with its revenue reaching over 11 trillion VND
(474.5 million USD) a year, yearly average increase of 23.9 percent.
Provincial leaders asked the
Politburo for direction on the establishment of Phu Quoc city and resolutions on
a number of specific policies for Phu Quoc, as well as approve the proposal to
set up Tho Chau island district.
Trong noted recommendations of the
local authorities, saying that it is necessary to have master plans and
resources balance and detail examinations for these proposals.
Previously, on April 13, the Party
and State leader visited and worked at a number of industrial and agricultural
production establishments in Kien Giang.
During working sessions with
enterprises’ representatives, he urged the firms to work hard in order to take
full advantage of potential and strengths to further boost development,
reminding them to enhance application of hi-technologies in their production and