The offshore district of Bach Long Vi should move quickly to become a seafood processing and fishing logistics centre for northern coastal provinces, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan has said.

The State leader attended the celebration of the 20th founding anniversary of Bach Long Vi island district in the northern port city of Hai Phong on March 25.

Speaking at the event, Doan asked the district to pay due attention to enhancing the quality of cultural activities, healthcare and education-training services, protecting the environment and natural resources, and working out solutions to erosion, to spur its sustainable development.

She suggested the district and Hai Phong city implementing as soon as possible the building of passenger ships, more ports and anchorages, and a fresh water reservoir, and adopting moves to draw more businesses as well as individual investors to the island to develop production and services.

Over the past 20 years, Bach Long Vi district has gradually developed a complete road, electricity, communication, and water infrastructure together with socio-cultural facilities.

The district’s GDP averaged 12 percent annually. In 2012, per capita income of local residents reached 40 million VND and their living standards have been improving constantly.

On this occasion, Doan presented the Independence Order, third class, to Bach Long Vi district and planted commemorative trees on the island.-VNA