Northern mountainous region should turn disadvantages into development advantages: Official hinh anh 1Tran Tuan Anh, Politburo member and Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission, speaks at the meeting. (Photo: Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission)
Hanoi (VNA) - Tran Tuan Anh, Politburo member and Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission, on June 8 urged northern midland and mountainous provinces to turn their disadvantages into advantages to serve development.

Speaking at a conference in Hanoi, Anh highlighted the northern midland and mountainous region’s strategic location in economy, social affairs, national defence-security, and foreign relations of the whole country.

Aware of its important role, the Politburo issued Resolution No. 37-NQ/TW dated July 1, 2004 and Conclusion No. 26-KL/TW dated August 2, 2012, to promote socio-economic development and ensure national defence and security in the region, he said.

Over the past two decades or so, the region has achieved notable socio-economic achievements.

However, it still remains the country’s poorest and most disadvantaged region, he went on, with low per capita income and high poverty rates, especially in ethnic minority areas.

Anh asked ministries, agencies, and localities to analyse the advantages and challenges, especially in the new context, during the implementation of the above-mentioned resolution.

Comprehensive tasks and solutions are needed to create momentum for the localities to move ahead, he stressed.

Participants suggested issuing a new resolution on socio-economic development and national defence and security in the region by 2030 with a vision towards 2045 in the new setting.

They cited development orientations for the region as set out in the Resolution of the 13th National Party Congress, focusing on forest protection and restoration, mining, the border economy, inter-regional connectivity, and community-based and eco-tourism./.