The Government will pay special attention to facilitating the sustainable growth of Yen Bai so that the northern mountainous province can gradually narrow the development gap with other localities nationwide, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has said.

PM Dung made the pledge at his working session with provincial leaders on September 19 as part of his tour to the northern mountainous region.

He hailed efforts made and achievements gained by the local authorities and people during the socio-economic development process. Economic growth was maintained at a high rate, estimated at 10.4 percent for this year, while transport infrastructure, especially in rural areas, was upgraded and the rate of poor households, though still at a high level, has reduced by 4 percent compared to last year.

The Government leader asked local authorities to bring into full play the province’s potential and advantages in agriculture and forestry.

Notably, the province should make use of the advantages created by the new Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway to access Hanoi and Chinese markets, he said, adding that the government will allocate money to help localities build roads to the highway.

He also urged Yen Bai to create favourable conditions for businesses to invest in rural areas, in order to generate jobs and raise income for labourers.

The PM stressed the need for Yen Bai province to pay more attention to poverty reduction, especially for ethnic minority groups.

In the first eight months of 2014, the province saw positive socio-economic changes with industrial production estimated to increase by 7 percent. This year, its GDP growth is predicted to gain 10.4 percent, while the rate of poor households reduces to 21.38 percent, down by 4 percent compared to that of 2013.

Earlier, PM Dung visited the An Hoa Paper Joint Stock Company in Son Duong district in Tuyen Quang province.

The company is running two projects worth nearly 9.5 trillion VND (more than 450 million USD), which are creating jobs for nearly 1,200 labourers.-VNA