Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was speaking at the session (Photo: VNA)
Phu Yen (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc agreed with a proposal to target Phu Yen into a tourism infrastructure development project funded by the Asian Development Bank at a working session in the central coastal province on August 28.

The proposal was made by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The PM said he hopes the local tourism could contribute at least 10 percent to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP).

The province boasts a lot of potential and advantages to develop with better infrastructure system and tourism strength – which could become a spearhead economy in the future, he said.

He showed much attention to tourism development and advised the locality to build a strong brand name and push ahead with institutional reform. Added to this is ensuring environmental hygiene, he noted.

Travel businesses should develop human resources and increase regional connectivity, he said.

He said the province is still behind other nationwide localities due to low and unsustainable economic growth and shortcomings in industrial economy.

The rate of poor households remains high while the provincial competitiveness index has yet been improved, ranking 55th among 63 cities and provinces.

Therefore, Phu Yen needs to integrate into the market economy more proactively and appeal for investment, he said.

He reminded authorities to focus on evaluating the environmental impacts and protecting the local habitat, especially in coastal, residential and industrial areas.

It is recommended to effectively implement the agricultural restructuring project towards increasing the application of science and technology, as well as invest in potential farm produce that brings high economic value and is suitable with the local soil and climate.

He suggested developing the local strengths such as raising cows, breeding shrimps and catching tuna, while concentrating to forest conservation and development.

He also asked local authorities to improve administrative procedures and remove difficulties for enterprises to create a healthy investment climate to increase provincial competitiveness index.

The gross regional domestic product (GRDP)’s growth in the first six months of 2016 reached 7.9 percent.-VNA