Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung speaks during his working session with Vinacomin. (Source: VNA)

Quang Ninh (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has required the Vietnam National Coal-Mineral Industries Holding Corporation (Vinacomin) to reduce coal production cost for long-term development, contributing to national energy security.

Dung made the demand at his meeting with Vinacomin leadership in the coal-mining Quang Ninh province on June 25.

While acknowledging Vinacomin’s success in increasing output, meeting domestic demand for coal and ensuring jobs for more than 100,000 workers, the Deputy PM said the corporation must improve productivity, cut prices and pay more attention to environmental protection, thus enhancing its competitiveness.

He asked the group to make survey on natural resources to serve the drafting of development plans for key minerals, first of all coal.

The Deputy PM instructed relevant ministries, agencies and Quang Ninh province authorities to study Vinacomin’s petitions and suggestions and timely remove obstacles for the corporation.

He also asked Quang Ninh province to tighten the management of coal mining and trading activities alongside environmental protection measures.-VNA