Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has asked central Khanh Hoa province to make the most of its potential to develop a tourism, services and maritime-based economy in a sustainable manner.

At a working session between the provincial Standing Party Committee and the Political Bureau on November 30 held to discuss the province’s 2020 development plan, Trong said Khanh Hoa possesses favourable conditions to enhance links with south central coastal provinces as well as with Da Nang , the Central Highlands and Ho Chi Minh City .

He said the province needs to help boost the economy in combination with socio-political, defence and diplomacy development.

Regarding orientations for future growth, Trong requested the province to finalise their 2020 plan, with a vision to 2030, to ensure it matches the region and country’s master plan and is in line with the Resolution of the 11th National Party Congress and plans approved by the Government.

At the session, the Politburo agreed to turn Khanh Hoa into a centrally-governed urban entity in the future, making it an economic, cultural, tourism and science-technology centre with a high-quality workforce and key defence-security area for the south central region, the Central Highlands and the country.

In order to fulfil such goals, the province needs to pay attention to developing industry, agriculture and aquaculture; improve health care services, education and human resources training; generate jobs and reduce poverty; protect the ecological environment; preserve national cultural identities; uphold great national unity and increase the leadership and strength of Party organisations, the Politburo said.

They consented to build the Van Phong exclusive economic and administrative zone, utilise Cam Ranh port in the civil-military and economic defence combination, bring the maritime-based economy into full play, pay attention to the development of Truong Sa island district, as well as safeguard national sovereignty over the sea and islands.

The Politburo agreed on guideline to transform universities and colleges in the province into an interdisciplinary and quality centres of education.

They also gave opinions on financial mechanisms, specific projects and the holding of the Asian beach sports festival in the locality in 2016.

Khanh Hoa now ranks fourth in gross domestic product. It is fifth in State budget collection, and its economy is moving towards industrialisation and modernisation. The locality is blessed with a favourable geographical location, natural conditions and mineral resources.-VNA