Kien Giang urged to fully tap potential for stronger development hinh anh 1Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong (standing) speaks at the working session with leaders of Kien Giang province (Source: VNA)


Hanoi (VNA) - Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong has asked authorities of the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang to fully tap its potential and strengths, especially in agriculture and tourism, in order to well perform tasks and orientations set for the locality in 2019.

During a meeting with leaders of the province on April 14, Trong requested representatives from relevant ministries, sectors and agencies to discuss and clarify prominent achievements made by Kien Giang, and analyse potential and advantages as well as development  orientations, towards fostering the province’s rapid and stronger development in the coming time.

He highlighted the need to pay attention to promoting comprehensive development, saying that the socio-economic development should be the centre, the Party building should be the key task and culture should be the spiritual foundation of the society.

The local authorities were also requested to focus on maintaining defence and security and having good relations with neighbouring countries that share the borderline with Kien Giang.

The top leader asked for strategic orientations, master plans and specific plans for each fields, saying that these are necessary to devise polices on investment attraction, goods consumption, infrastructure development, and human resources training.

Reports at the meeting showed that the provincial Party Committee always attached importance to political and ideological education for officials and party members, and strictly implementing resolutions and directives of the Party Central Committee.

The province’s economy has recorded stable growth with its GDP hitting over 62.3 trillion VND (2.68 billion USD) in 2018, 1.23 times higher than that of 2015. The average GDP growth in 2016-2018 stood at 7.13 percent, while per capita income increased from 1,664 USD in 2015 to 2,094 USD in 2018. Attention was also paid to the new-style rural areas development movement, helping bring better living conditions of local people.

Kien Giang has completed the restructuring of State-owned enterprises, while it has seen strong development of private firms. The province is home to 8,770 businesses, up 1.23 times compared to the figure in 2015, with total capital of over 91.7 trillion VND (3.95 billion USD).

The sea-based economy accounts for 73.82 percent of the province's GDP. The service sector grows at an average rate of 11 percent per annum; and its export turnover surges 17.61 percent per year.

Tourism has become a spearhead economic sector of the province, with its revenue reaching over 11 trillion VND (474.5 million USD) a year, yearly average increase of 23.9 percent.

Provincial leaders asked the Politburo for direction on the establishment of Phu Quoc city and resolutions on a number of specific policies for Phu Quoc, as well as approve the proposal to set up Tho Chau island district.

Trong noted recommendations of the local authorities, saying that it is necessary to have master plans and resources balance and detail examinations for these proposals.

Previously, on April 13, the Party and State leader visited and worked at a number of industrial and agricultural production establishments in Kien Giang.

During working sessions with enterprises’ representatives, he urged the firms to work hard in order to take full advantage of potential and strengths to further boost development, reminding them to enhance application of hi-technologies in their production and business activities.-VNA