National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (front, centre) and leaders of Bac Lieu province pose for a photo (Source: VNA)

Bac Lieu (VNA) – Bac Lieu should pay attention to the development of wind power to become the first to capitalise on the clean source of energy in the southwestern region, advised National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

Meeting with local authorities on June 20 during her working trip to the province, the top legislator praised local development and acknowledged the Mekong Delta province’s difficulties such as weak socio-economic infrastructure and climate change impacts.

She said a national highway is planned to reach Can Tho by 2021 and Bac Lieu after that, suggesting the province upgrade current roads to ensure traffic safety while waiting for the new route.

Ngan recommended the local authorities closely follow the Party’s guidelines and Government’s policies and resolution on economic development, particularly the private sector.

Bac Lieu should capitalise on its potential for growth and encourage the private sector to do better in the fields of their strength like aquatic farming and fruit tree planting.

Highlighting its potential for sea tourism and long-time practice of the art of Don Ca Tai Tu (southern folk music), she said Bac Lieu should combine economic development and the preservation of traditional values.

Regarding the fact that the province has 16 out of 49 communes meeting the standards for new-style rural areas, Ngan stressed it does not need to complete the rural building work one year ahead of schedule.

Apart from infrastructure construction, creating livelihoods for residents via facilitating the establishment of local businesses is also needed, she said.

The NA chief said Bac Lieu should set a goal to reduce its poverty rate to 3 percent from the current 8.43 percent, with attention paid to the rate of households becoming poor again after escaping poverty and the implementation of preferential policies targeting ethnic people and those living in mountainous and remote areas.

Local economic development must take into consideration people’s benefits, she said, asking the authorities to boost communications campaigns to raise public awareness of the Party’s policies and the State’s laws.

The same day, Ngan paid a visit to the high-quality shrimp farming complex of the Viet – Uc Seafood Corporation, which spans 315 ha in Hiep Thanh commune, Bac Lieu city. It is set to become a concentrated material area for production and processing for export, contributing to turning Bac Lieu into a hub of Vietnam’s shrimp industry.

The NA Chairwoman also visited a coastal wind power plant in Vinh Trach Dong commune, Bac Lieu city, the biggest energy project in the locality. The plant became operational in early 2018 with a total capacity of 99.2 MW.

As part of her working visit to Bac Lieu, Ngan visited and gifted local policy beneficiary families.-VNA