The southern province of Binh Phuoc needs to maximise its potential in rubber production by developing processing industry, according to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

The PM made the suggestion at a meeting with key provincial leaders in Hanoi on November 27.

Hailing the comprehensive achievements the province has obtained in socio-economic development, with high income per capita and an increase in local living standards, the PM noted Binh Phuoc should tackle weaknesses in forest management while continuing efficient new rural area building.

The provincial economy will see GDP growth of 9.59 percent in 2013 and income per capita will reach over 41.6 million VND (1,980 USD), up 9.4 percent against last year, the province’s leaders reported to the PM.

They said Binh Phuoc has seen positive changes in healthcare, culture and education along with ensuring social welfare, order, security and safety.

They committed to maintaining growth momentum while improving competitiveness and crime prevention.-VNA