Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has a working session with An Giang’s key officials on April 15 (Photo: VNA)

An Giang (VNA) – Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has commended An Giang for defining clear orientation for development, noting that the Mekong Delta province has good potential of growth and the local contingent of officials have high determination.

The Party leader held a working session with An Giang’s key officials on April 15 as part of his two-day trip to the province to inspect the implementation of socio-economic and defence-security tasks as well as the performance in building the Party and political system.

Stressing that An Giang has a strategic position in the Mekong Delta, General Secretary Trong acknowledged that the province has made important achievements in the recent time, as seen in improved infrastructure, better living conditions of residents and lower poverty rate among households.

He also noted that the local leadership has constantly been strengthened, helping the province well implement the Party Central Committee’s resolutions and accelerate administrative reform.

He expressed hope for the province’s stronger development in its chosen direction of developing hi-quality and high-value agriculture, considering many untapped advantages and potential.

The Party General Secretary shared with local officials worry that the tasks ahead are heavy with high requirements while there are many shortcomings in existing policies and mechanisms plus the difficulties in sourcing capital, adding that those problems are not only of An Giang but also many other localities.

Therefore, An Giang should strive to have more creative ideas and effective measures to carry out the Party’s policies, he said. In order to do that, the province needs a contingent of capable officials, Party members and civil workers, and a strong Party organisation and political system, he said.

He noted and welcomed the province’s five proposals on transport connectivity; erosion prevention; response to climate change and rising sea level; policies to create land fund for attracting investment and developing agriculture; and support for border localities.

The Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Vo Thi Anh Xuan reported to the Party leader that the poverty rate in the province has dropped to 5.24 percent.

The province has adopted a project on creating a land fund for hi-tech agriculture, which helped attracted many investors in agriculture. During two years 2016 and 2017, An Giang attracted 45 investment projects in this sector with total capital of over 7.2 trillion VND (316.8 million USD), up 30 projects and 6 trillion VND compared to the figures in 2015.

Also during the trip, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong toured My Phu commune in Chau Phu district, and visited the construction site of Cao Lanh Bridge across Tien River, one of the two tributaries of Mekong River. He also visited and presented gifts to Vietnamese Heroic Mother Le Thi Tai in Long Xuyen city. –VNA