Long Thanh International Airport project is expected to be kicked off in 2019 (Source: VNA)
 
 
Dong Nai (VNA) – The southern province of Dong Nai will continue to review and make necessary preparations to ensure rapid and efficient compensation and resettlement so that the Long Thanh International Airport project could be kicked off in 2019, said a local official.

Dinh Quoc Thai, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, made the statement at the closing ceremony of the fourth meeting of the ninth provincial People’s Council, adding that the first phase of the project is scheduled to become operational in 2025.
  
Reviewing Dong Nai’s economic situation in the first half of this year, Thai said the province’s GDP grew by 7.26 percent year-on-year with industrial production index up 7.82 percent while trade and services up 6.23 percent, respectively. 

Despite impacts of unusual weather, which caused losses for tens of thousands of areas of fruits, as well as the oversupply of some agricultural products such as pork, banana and pepper, the local farming sector still expanded by 2.45 percent, he said. 

The province’s export turnover hit nearly 8.1 billion USD, up 11.2 percent against the same period last year while its import revenue was 7.5 billion USD, Thai said. 

Of note, he said, Dong Nai’s trade surplus stood at nearly 600 million USD, a record high in recent years, and its contributions to the State budget was over  22.26 trillion VND (980 million USD), representing a year-on-year rise of 12 percent. 

According to Thai, in order to maintain the economic growth rate, the province will focus on facilitating production and business activities, promoting cultural and tourism development, improving the quality of education, ensuring social welfare,  managing natural resources and the environment, intensifying administrative reform and enhancing national defence and security. 

During the meeting, the provincial People’s Council passed 28 resolutions on socio-economic development, national defence-security and issues regarding social welfare and environmental protection.-VNA