President Tran Dai Quang has a working session with the Hai Phong municipal Party Committee on January 18 (Photo: VNA)

Hai Phong (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang had a working session with the Standing Board of the Hai Phong municipal Party Committee on January 18, recognising the northern city’s significant achievements in 2016.

Hai Phong fulfilled 19 of the 20 key socio-economic targets with many beyond expectations such as a GDP growth rate of 11 percent, a 17.02-percent rise in the industrial production index, and an 8.7-percent increase in the State budget collection.

An improving investment and business environment has helped promote domestic and foreign investment, he said, citing that more than 2.75 billion USD of FDI was poured into the city last year, 45 percenthigher than the set target.

President Quang agreed on the directions and tasks Hai Phong has set for 2017, asking municipal authorities to continue improving the local investment climate and stepping up investment attraction activities to win projects with high technology and clean energy.

Infrastructure, especially transport facilities, needs to be perfected while tourism projects must be implemented as soon as possible.

As a strongly developing city, Hai Phong should pay heed to state management of planning, he said, noting that a rational and clear planning plays a vital role in turning Hai Phong into a smart city.

At the session, the leader applauded the municipal authorities’ attention to ensuring a happy Lunar New Year for local residents, particularly disadvantaged families and war invalids. He asked Hai Phong to increase survey activities to ensure all policy beneficiaries are cared for.-VNA