Northern central region aims for sustainable sea economy

The northern central region is targeting rapid and sustainable growth as a national sea-based economic hub by 2020.
The northern central region is targeting rapid and sustainable growth as a national sea-based economic hub by 2020.

According to a draft report on the regional socio-economic development masterplan, the region will expand its tourism sector and tourist sites, and serve as one of the key gateways of Vietnam and regional countries through international sea ports and airports.

Thanh Hoa city in Thanh Hoa province will be developed into a development centre, while Vinh city (Nghe An province) will be turned into a cultural-economic centre of the region, under the Prime Minister’s Decision No. 293.

In addition, Hue city in Thua Thien-Hue province will become a city of festival and tourism, as well as a top-grade trade-service-training-health care centre.

The plan also gives priority to developing five marine economic zones (EZs), with Nghi Son EZ to become the country’s second refinery and petrochemical complex while Vung Ang EZ will house the country’s largest steel producer and a national-level sea port, turning it into an international trade zone in the region.

The three other EZs are Chan May-Lang Co, Southeast Nghe An and Hon La.

Regarding tourism development, the northern central region can be divided into two sub-regions based on the allocation of natural resources.

The first, stretching from Thanh Hoa to Ha Tinh province with Vinh city as its centre, is home to beautiful beaches, such as Sam Son, Cua Lo, Xuan Thanh and Thien Cam, to name just a few, where a wide range of tourism services can be developed, such as eco-tourism, cruising, resorts and adventure tours.

The second sub-region, home to three World Heritage sites including Phong Nha-Ke Bang, encompasses provinces from Quang Nam to Thua Thien-Hue with the ancient imperial city of Hue as the centre.

Many nice beaches are also located here, such as Nhat Le, Cua Tung, Cua Viet, Thuan An, Canh Duong and Lang Co.

To reach their sea and island–based economic development goals, localities in the region are asked to develop specific plans to implement the Government’s policies in this field in accordance with their own real situation.

They also need to strengthen management agencies and create links between themselves and central ministries and industries.-VNA

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