General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong has asked the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum to direct socio-economic development by drastically mobilising investment resources and achieving more goals as scheduled.

He made the call in Hanoi on August 13 while working with the Standing Board of the provincial Party Committee on its implementation of the Resolutions set at the 11 th National Party Congress and the 14 th provincial Party Congress.

At the working session, Party leader Trong highlighted Kon Tum’s important strategic position in terms of economics, national defence-security and external relations in the Central Highlands region and the whole country.

Hailing the province for its socio-economic performance over the past time, he also pointed out its shortcomings like unstable growth, a lack of breakthrough sectors, outdated industrial and farming technology and untapped agriculture, forestry and tourism potential.

He requested Kon Tum to head planning and management, shift economic and rural structures to more promising fields, expand all-around links with the central and Central Highlands provinces, Ho Chi Minh City, and the provinces of southern Lao and northeastern Cambodia as well.

The province was asked to develop transport and infrastructure, protect forests and the environment, while improving the lives of ethnic groups and maintaining traces of national culture.

The Central Highlands and Kon Tum province in particular, must firmly safeguard national defence and security, socio-political stability and ensure border security, the Party leader said.

Together with socio-cultural development, the provincial Party Committee must be serious about Party building with persistent implementation of the Resolution of the fourth meeting of the 11th Party Central Committee in line with the campaign “Studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example”, as well as improving State management to speed up administrative reforms.

Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Ha Ban said during the course of implementing the Resolutions, Kon Tum has seen progress in almost all fields.

From 2011-2013, its economic growth hit nearly 13.5 percent. State budget collection rose from 1.28 trillion VND (600 million USD) in 2010 to 1.63 trillion VND (700 million USD) this year.

The quality of education has improved, especially in remote and mountainous areas. The level of skilled workers went up to 36.7 percent in 2012 from 33 percent in 2010.

The rate of poor households is expected to dip to 18.2 percent in 2013 from over 33 percent three years ago.

Between now and 2015, the Standing Board will act to clear business and investment difficulties, prioritise the development of spearhead industries and services in rural areas, improve resettlement and tackle the shortage of housing and production land. It also pledged to ramp up infrastructure and boost trade at Bo Y international airport and promptly kick-start poverty reduction projects in remote and poor areas.-VNA