Da Nang’s economy hit hard by COVID-19 hinh anh 1A corner of Da Nang city (Photo: VNA)

Da Nang (VNA) - Da Nang’s gross regional domestic product (GRDP) has been estimated to be down 9.77 percent this year to about 100 trillion VND compared to 2019 due to COVID-19, a press conference held on December 29 to announce the central city’s socio-economic figures for 2020 heard.

Tran Van Vu, head of the city’s statistics office, said the two waves of the pandemic in March and July negatively impacted all socio-economic aspects in Da Nang. Production and business activities were halted during most of the third quarter, inflicting severe difficulties on the lives of local people.

The service sector, which accounts for about 65 percent of the city’s economy, bore the brunt of the pandemic, with sub-sectors like lodging and food services as well as postal and delivery services recording annual declines of 37.33 percent and 18.32 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, the value added of the industrial and construction sector dived 12.23 percent; 3 trillion VND lower than in 2019. The agro-forestry-fishery sector, by contrast, managed to maintain growth at approximately 2.4 percent year-on-year.

Vu predicted that as the economy relies largely on services and has its industrial sector heavily depending on imported materials, it is likely to be further plagued by the pandemic next year.

He suggested a number of measures to ease the difficulties, like supporting companies in export promotions, recovering tourism, implementing safe credit growth solutions, and attracting investment serving industrial restructuring./.