PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the meeting (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has advised the northern province of Phu Tho to focus on developing organic agriculture and spiritual tourism as the province has great potential in the two sectors thanks to its natural conditions and cultural heritage.

In his meeting with Phu Tho province’s leaders on December 4 on local social-economic development, the PM said there is plenty of room for Phu Tho’s economy to grow.

He highlighted the province’s advantages as the converging place of three big rivers (Da, Lo and Red rivers), its location on the Hanoi – Kunming railway route and the trans-Asia highway connecting China, Vietnam and other ASEAN countries. Phu Tho is also home to the worship of the Hung Kings, who were the founders of ancient Vietnam, and the Xoan singing, both of which have been recognised as part of the world intangible cultural heritage.

The province should improve its investment and business environment to double the number of enterprises and improve the effectiveness of public investment as well as diversify investment resources, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc said.

Phu Tho leaders asked the government to assist the province in implementing the project of building Viet Tri into a city of festival based on the Hung King’s Temple festival that celebrates the founders of ancient Vietnam.

Despite the average economic growth of nine percent in the past years, Phu Tho remains a poor locality with underdeveloped infrastructure and limited resources.

According to the statistics from the Ministry of Finance, Phu Tho ranks 33rd out of 63 provinces and cities in term of budget revenue.

Earlier, the PM visited the provincial General Hospital, a typical example of mobilising investment from other economic sectors for infrastructure. The hospital has 1,500 beds./.