Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (middle) shakes hands with a local resident in Bac Kan (Photo: VNA)
 
Bac Kan (VNA) – Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has suggested the northern mountainous province of Bac Kan seek ways to mobilise resources from the society to invest in transportation infrastructure development, thus propelling socio-economic growth and connecting with regional localities.

At a working session with provincial leaders on July 7, the Party leader hailed efforts made by Bac Kan’s Party Organisation, authorities and people in implementing Party resolutions as well as in improving socio-economic situation and locals’ living conditions.

He noted thatup to 90 percent of local residents have to date accessed clean water, while annual per capital income has increased to 26 million USD, doubling the figure five years ago.

Forest coverage has reached 70 percent. Bac Kan set to have eight additional communes recognised as new-style rural areas this year, raising the total number to 10.

Stressing the important strategic location of Bac Kan and its advantages in land and climate, General Secretary Trong said that the province holds great development potential and needs to take right actions to fully tap it.

He also acknowledged Bac Kan’s efforts to streamline and reform its public administrative system, which has helped the locality enhance its competitiveness and improve business environment.

Earlier the same day, the Party chief visited the mountainous commune of Si Binh in Binh Thong district,which is home to Tay, Dao and Nung ethnic minority groups.

He praised the commune’s success in boosting the forestry sector to raise locals’ income. So far, 70 percent of communal roads have been asphalted and cemented while 100 percent of local households have gained access to power.

Also on July 7, he visited the Bac Kan General Hospital, which is built from Government bonds. Operating since December 2016, the 500-bed hospital has helped improve health care services for people in the provinceand nearby localities.

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Invalids and Martyrs’ Day, the Party leader laid a wreath at the Bac Kan Martyrs’ Cemetery.

On July 6, right after arriving in the province, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong visited and presented gifts to a number of people who rendered service to the nation in the locality.-VNA