Education must be locomotive to push Ha Giang’s development: President hinh anh 1President Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the event. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - President Nguyen Xuan Phuc has highlighted the role of education in promoting socio-economic development in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang, saying that this should be a key to remove bottlenecks in the locality’s development process.

The State leader made the suggestion at a ceremony to celebrate the 130th founding anniversary of the province's establishment on December 8, during which he urged the local authorities to pay heed to improving the quality of education.  

Education must be a decisive factor to help local people access knowledge, skills and experience, and improve their self-learning capacity, he said.

The President also emphasised the particularly importance of social policies in ensuring social security and promoting poverty reduction in the province, noting that the locality needs to increase investment in education, and ensure health care and welfare for its people.

Ha Giang should find a new economic growth model on the basis of its own potential and advantages, and focus on improving the business and investment environment, accelerating administrative reforms, and mobilising investment resources, he said.

Priority should be given to infrastructure upgrade and development and key economic sectors, President Phuc added.

He asked the local authorities to ensure comprehensive development of people living in ethnic minority areas, focusing on programmes and projects on sustainable poverty reduction.

The President also requested the province to give special attention to building a firm posture of all-people national defence, ensuring religious security, and rural and border security, protecting the environment, adapting to climate change, and preserving and promoting cultural identities of ethnic groups.

Education must be locomotive to push Ha Giang’s development: President hinh anh 2President Nguyen Xuan Phuc offers incense to martyrs. (Photo: VNA)

Earlier the same day, President Phuc offered incense to commemorate heroes and martyrs at Vi Xuyen National Martyrs' Cemetery, offered flowers in tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh at his statue in the campus of the provincial Party Committee.

The same day, President Phuc visited and presented gifts to families of war veterans, poor ex-revolutionaries and households who received housing support in Viet Vinh commune. 

Education must be locomotive to push Ha Giang’s development: President hinh anh 3President Nguyen Xuan Phuc visits a photo exhibition. (Photo: VNA)

Over 5,100 families of war veterans and poor households have benefited from a support programme on house construction over the past more than two years under Decision No.1953 by the provincial Party Committee. 

From 2015 to now, Ha Giang’s economy has grown stably, with its GDP growth reaching an average of 6.8 percent.

The provincial 17th Party Congress set to develop Ha Giang into a locality with developed trade, services, tourism and agriculture./.