PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the working session (Source: VNA)
Nghe An (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has underscored the need for the central province of Nghe An to change its thinking about socio-economic development and optimise its strength to grow further.

The Prime Minister made the request at a meeting with the provincial leaders on August 15 to review the province’s socio-economic development over the past seven months as well as its three-year implementation of the Politburo’s Resolution No. 26-NQ/TW, which outlines development orientations for the locality by 2020.

Nghe An should continuously diversify its development model and resources, especially from the private economic sector, he said.

Notably, economic development must be paired with environmental protection, he reminded, citing the recent environmental incident relating to Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Co Ltd as a lesson in this regard.

To that end, the PM asked the provincial Party Committee to raise the capacity and virtue of local officials and Party members.

The province was also requested to seek more sustainable and comprehensive measures in an effort to become a centre of the country’s north central region.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc praised Nghe An’s achievements in building new-style rural areas, and maintaining political security, social order and safety over the past time.

He, however, pointed to the province’s limitations in effectuating the resolution such as low per-capital income, high poverty rate and weak competitiveness.

Nghe An has failed to create major breakthroughs in socio-economic development, he noted.

Leaders of ministries and agencies suggested Nghe An generate more jobs for local labourers, especially in education and health care, and prioritise investments in infrastructure, especially seaports and airports.

The same day, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his entourage visited Nam Giang, a new-style commune in Nam Dan district, where he urged efforts to restructure local agricultural production.

While in Nghe An, the PM inspected the construction of the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP Nghe An), which began in September last year and is expected to create a big breakthrough for the provincial industrial development, and visited the Vissai seaport project.

He asked the investors to ensure the quality and progress of the projects to soon put them into operation, helping boost socio-economic development of the locality and the region at large.-VNA