Central Binh Thuan province celebrated the 40 th anniversary of its historic liberation day (April 19, 1975-2015) with a solemn meeting on April 18 evening.

At the meeting, Politburo member and head of the Party Central Committee’s Organisation Commission To Huy Rua praised the strong rise of Binh Thuan from an underdeveloped locality over the past 40 years, with remarkable achievements in improving irrigation for agriculture and developing tourism.

He urged the province to continue optimising the use of available resources, including sustainable energy sources and eco-tourism potentials, to become a national energy and tourism hub.

According to the provincial Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Manh Hung, Binh Thuan has recorded an annual growth of 11.6 percent. In 2014, its per capita income reached 1,656 USD, a 12.7-fold increase from 1991, and domestic budget revenue totalled 4,000 billion VND (184.3 million USD) compared to 140 billion VND in 1993.-VNA