Road construction in Van Don (Source: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has allowed the northern province of Quang Ninh to build the Van Don Economic Zone towards a special administrative-economic unit.

The province was asked to use local budget and other legal sources for the implementation of the plan.

The PM also agreed in principle the selection and hiring of foreign consultants in line with the Law on Bidding and Decree 30/2015/ND-CP, dated March 17, 2015.

The Quang Ninh People’s Committee was asked to consider contract value and payment with foreign consultants.

Van Don is a district comprising more than 600 islands. It is approximately 175km from Hanoi, 80 km from Hai Phong and 50 km from Ha Long city.

The district encompasses the World Heritage listed Ha Long Bay. It has a total area of 2,171km2 of which, natural land area is 551km2. Van Don is sparsely populated with a total population of 41,645. With the variety and uniqueness of an archipelago with rich ecosystems and beautiful beaches, the islands have potential to become a world class maritime tourism destination.

Earlier, Van Don (Quang Ninh), Bac Van Phong (Khanh Hoa) and Phu Quoc (Kien Giang) are set to become special administrative-economic units when the draft law is passed by the National Assembly (NA), according to the Government Office.

Special administrative-economic units are magnet for investment, high technology and advanced management mode for the formation of a high growth area that generates more resources and motivation, accelerating the development and economic restructuring of the province, the region and the country.

 

Quang Ninh has a special geopolitical and economical position with the world natural heritage site of Ha Long Bay as well as more than 600 natural landscapes and historical relic sites. 

In the process of development, Quang Ninh has to develop the mining industry and at the same time protect the environment, especially at the Ha Long Bay.

Local authorities have clearly defined challenges that need to address such as the high urbanisation rate and the sustainable development in the context of climate change and rising sea level.

To obtain sustainable development, Quang Ninh has implemented breakthrough strategies such infrastructure improvement, institutional reform, and human resources training in addition to changing growth models and restructuring the economy.-VNA