Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc extended his New Year blessings to the Party committees, authorities and residents of the central provinces of Quang Ngai and Quang Nam on February 12.

While working with Quang Ngai authorities, Deputy Prime Minister Phuc acknowledged local social-economic accomplishments in 2014, including the expansion of large-scale projects such as the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) and the Dung Quat oil refinery and thermal power plant.

According to Vice Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the provincial People’s Council Tran Ngoc Cang, Quang Ngai’s gross domestic product was worth 11.5 trillion VND (546 million USD) in 2014, an annual increase of 2.2 percent, while export revenue rose 27.8 percent to 650 million USD.

The rate of households living below the poverty line is currently 3.87 percent provincially and 7.72 percent in mountainous areas.

Ahead of the traditional Lunar New Year (Tet), Deputy Prime Minister Phuc presented 10 houses, each worth 50 million VND (2,350 USD), to underprivileged families.

During the working session with Quang Nam authorities, the leader hailed the locality for its diligent attention to impoverished households, ethnic minorities, and welfare beneficiaries.

He was informed that the province has earmarked 70 billion VND (3.29 million USD) from the local budget for Tet gifts to the disadvantaged.

The provincial Department of Industry and Trade has prepared goods worth over 70 billion VND for sale at fixed prices to those in remote or border regions.

The Deputy Prime Minister asked the province to take drastic measures to ease traffic accidents, ensure social order and safety, and prevent fires and fire-related incidents during Tet.-VNA