President Truong Tan Sang has told authorities of Hai Phong city to arrange its network of vocational schools along with its colleges and universities to improve the quality of human resources to aid its economic model shifting and integration.

The port city needs to review appropriate personnel placement and seek assistant sources to ease difficulties for businesses with poor performance, he said during his working session with municipal key officials on July 22.

Hailing its efforts in making economic recovery and maintaining social order and security, the President stressed the city’s strategic position in the northern economic key economic area – the main gateway to the north – in the course of intensive international integration.

In regard to assistance to develop key projects in Hai Phong, he suggested the city maximise social involvement, particularly from private firms, in addition to such solutions as bond issuance.

He asked the city to pay more attention to accelerating sea-based economy and assisting island localities, like Bach Long Vi district, in providing fishing logistics service and rescue operations.

In the first six months of this year, Hai Phong registered a GDP growth of 7.2 percent. It saw an increase of 14.6 percent in goods handled at Hai Phong port and a 7.1 percent rise in tourist arrivals while luring 637 million USD in foreign direct investment.

The city is dealing with potential shortages of safe water, climate change, sea water level rise, and pollutions stemming from urban wastes, rural areas and industrial parks.

Earlier, President Sang visited and presented gifts to the High Command of Navy. He praised the staff and soldiers for overcoming difficulties to safeguard the sea and island sovereignty as well as protect law enforcement authorities at sea and fishermen.

As part of his visit, he inspected the production and business at Bridgestone company in the Dinh Vu Industrial Zone.

On July 21, he visited the island district of Bach Long Vi, 133km from Hai Phong.-VNA