Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong shakes hands with local officials (Photo: VNA)
Tay Ninh (VNA) – The southern province of Tay Ninh needs proper strategies to fully tap its potential and advantages for socio-economic development, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said during his working trip to the locality on June 4-5.

With 240km of border line and the two international border gates of Moc Bai and Xa Mat, Tay Ninh holds a significant strategic position in the national economy, defence-security and diplomacy, he stressed.

The favourable topography and transport network enable Tay Ninh to develop agriculture, industry, services, tourism and external economy, he said, urging the province to pay more attention to developing agriculture, industry, service and tourism, and implement effectively social welfare policies.

As a gateway in the south-western part of the country, Tay Ninh should promote external affairs and maintain security in the border areas as well as build border lines of peace, friendship and cooperation with neighbouring countries, take good care of overseas Vietnamese returning from Cambodia, and create optimal conditions for Vietnamese firms to do business in Cambodia.

The province needs to raise the efficiency of mass mobilisation work along with ethnic group and religious ones, he said.

Equally important is developing high-quality human resources, the Party chief said, highlighting this as one of the three strategic breakthroughs in addition to improving institution and mordernising socio-economic infrastructure.

He hailed Tay Ninh for realising the Resolution adopted at the 11th Central Committee’s fourth plenum on Party-building, which created positive changes in the locality.

He also agreed on local proposals to create stronger regional connectivity, improve transport infrastructure, and facilitate business operation.

Tay Ninh recorded a gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 11.1 percent in the first five months of 2016 and collected over 2.8 trillion VND (126 million USD) to the State budget, a year-on-year rise of 10.9 percent.

Sixteen communes became new-style rural areas, accounting for 20 percent of the total communes in the province.

The per capita average income is estimated at 2,600 USD. The ratio of impoverished households was reduced to 4.32 percent in comparison to the country’s average level – 6.75 percent.-VNA