Building road for rural areas (Photo: VNA)
Binh Duong (VNA) - The southern province of Binh Duong recognised 21 communes as new-style rural areas in 2015, two more communes than its target.

The communes in the districts of Dau Tieng, Bac Tan Uyen, Phu Giao, Bau Bang and townships of Tan Uyen and Ben Cat, have met all the 19 criteria for new developed areas, heard a local meeting on November 10.

All of their local people have an average income per capita of 34 million VND (1,540 USD) and have access to the national grid and clean water supply.

In 2014, 11 communes earned the status.

Mai Hung Dung, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, urged the remaining communes to rally resources to meet criteria on schooling, health and environment, among others, during the campaign.

The National Target Programme on New Rural Development, launched in 2010, sets 19 criteria for new rural areas covering infrastructure, production, living standards, income and culture, among others.

One must have at least 75 percent of its communes meeting all the 19 criteria in order to receive the new rural area title.

At the 10th Congress of the provincial Party Organisation, Binh Duong was suggested to channel its efforts into improving the quality of development.

The province has seen high growth rate in all fields, becoming a leading province in the country just 19 years since it was re-established.

Over the past five years, Binh Duong’s yearly economic growth rate averaged 13 percent and GDP per capital reached 3,200 USD.

The province was asked to improve the investment environment, be more selective with projects, develop services and improve the rate of the service sector in the provincial GDP, especially high-quality services with advantages and high added values.

The province was advised to make innovations in the agriculture sector by using advanced technologies to improve productivity and efficiency in production.-VNA