General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong has called on Bac Ninh province to step up industrialisation and urbanisation so as to become an industrialised locality by 2015 and a centrally-governed city in the next decade as planned.

Working with key local officials in the northern province on August 22 to review its socio-economic development and Party build-up, Party leader Trong praised the province for its across-the-board successes.

From 2011-2013, the local economy grew by an average of 16.1 percent per year, exceeding its target.

Its industrial scale ranked fifth and second in the country and the northern region respectively. Foreign direct investment hit 5.6 billion USD with 407 projects.

Infrastructure, especially in rural areas, has been ramped up to serve production and improve local lives. Cultural and social welfare fields have also seen significant achievements.

CPV chief Trong said while developing the local economy sustainably, Bac Ninh must heed social issues, including environmental protection, employment and local well-being.

In order to develop high-quality farming and industry, the province must overhaul production, especially the processing and marketing stages, he said.

Lying to the north of Hanoi, Bac Ninh should link closely with the capital city and develop tourism and services on the back of its potential and strengths.

Switching to the Party build-up, the leader suggested the locality develops a strong political system by renewing its way of working and persistently implementing the Resolution on Party build-up set at the fourth session of the CPV Central Committee.

The same day, he visited the companies Samsung Electronics Vietnam and DABACO, and the national standard Phuong Anh nursery school.-VNA