Secretary of the Bac Ninh provincial Party Committee Tran Van Tuy has asked for permission to establish a chain of urban areas in the locality in an attempt to ramp up its rural infrastructure.

At a working session with the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission - a think tank in socio-economic affairs - in the northern locality on January 13, Tuy said Bac Ninh is luring investment in electronics and high technology.

As part of the province’s economic restructuring, the electronic industry and precise engineering will come to the fore, he said in response to queries about its development orientations, restructuring of State-owned enterprises, development of support industry, and regional structure in the national economic development agenda.

Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Nhan Chien, who was also present at the working session, reported that Bac Ninh posts an average annual economic growth of 15.2 percent with a gradual shift to industrialisation and modernisation.

Last year, the rate of industry and services hit 94 percent while that of agriculture stood at a mere six percent. The gross domestic product per capita reached over 3,200 USD, 16.6 times from that in 1997.

Since 2009, Bac Ninh has been named among the top ten industrialised localities with the presence of multinational powerhouses like Samsung, Canon, Nokia, Pepsico and ABB. It is the first province in the country to carry out a support industry zone project.

The province contributed 17 percent to the nation’s total exports last year. It is looking to become an electronic and telecom hub in the country and Southeast Asia.

In the coming time, Bac Ninh will further reform its growth model and step up economic restructuring in line with the Resolution set at the third conference of the Party Central Committee (11th tenure).

In its socio-economic development master plan until 2020, with a vision to 2030, Bac Ninh set the goal of becoming a modern-orientated industrialised province by 2015 and a centrally-run city in the 2020s.
At the event, its top officials proposed eight groups of issues for economic development.

Leading the delegation, deputy head of the Economic Commission Pham Xuan Duong hailed the province’s course of progression. He suggested Bac Ninh share its experience so that the commission can devise national development guidelines.

Earlier, the delegation visited Samsung Electronics Vietnam, Dabaco Vietnam, Hanaka group and Doc Sat industrial park in the locality.-VNA