Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (middle) at the working session (Source: VNA)
Tra Vinh (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc suggested the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh strive to become a model locality in climate change response during a ceremony on April 23 celebrating the province’s 25th anniversary of reestablishment.

The PM asked Tra Vinh to prioritise high-tech agriculture and rural development by extending links among the State, investors, farmers, scientists and banks.

As part of improving the business climate, Tra Vinh needs to triple the number of local firms to more than 5,000 by 2020, he said, adding that environmental protection and support for families of war heroes are also important.

He expressed his belief that the provincial Party Committee, authorities and people will stay united to make socio-economic breakthroughs, contributing to the success of the Resolution adopted by the 12th National Party Congress and the 10th Resolution by the provincial Party Committee.

On the occasion, the government leader presented the Independence Order, first class, to the provincial Party Committee, authorities and people, the second time Tra Vinh has been honoured with a noble distinction of the Party and State.

During a working session with provincial authorities the same day, he hailed the province for encouraging results in rural development, elementary education popularisation and social investment.

On socio-economic development measures, the leader said that agriculture remains a mainstay, specifically hi-quality and high-yield rice.

Thanks to its extensive coverage area, Tra Vinh could boost intensive shrimp farming by adopting technological advances to improve productivity, he said, adding that more attention should be paid to fruit cultivation, cow farming, fisheries and tourism.

Underscoring the importance of industries to job creation and State budget collection, he requested the province develop the processing industry and clean energy industry.

The province must pool all resources for development by diversifying investment, improving the business climate and facilitating start-ups, he said.

He also placed importance on ethnic and religious affairs, reducing the rate of poor and near-poor households and ensuring social welfare for all citizens.

Lying between the Co Chien and Hau rivers, Tra Vinh boasts a 65km coastline and 200km riverside line and nearly 80 percent of its land coverage is used for agriculture and fisheries. The local economy grew 10.26 percent last year.-VNA