Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the working session (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc worked with authorities of the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu in Ho Chi Minh City on January 12 to evaluate its socio-economic performance and discuss a number of major projects in the locality.

After three year implementing the resolution adopted at the 15th provincial Party congress, Bac Lieu’s gross regional domestic product (GRDP) has grown 6.74 percent per year averagely and 8.36 percent in 2018, the highest from the beginning of the tenure.

Per capita GRDP has reached 42.05 million VND per year, rising by an average 9.87 percent per year.

Bac Lieu has made renewable energy, including wind, solar and gas-fired power, one of the five key pillars of the province’s socio-economic development. The province has put Bac Lieu wind power plant into operation for the first and second phases, with total power generated so far reaching 639 million kWh.

The province plans to launch four more wind power projects with total capacity of 320MW soon, while asking for permission to include a number of other solar and wind power projects into power development plans.

Particularly, the province has lured a 4.3 billion USD liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled power project with a capacity of 3,200MW. Bac Lieu has submitted a proposal on adding the project into the National Power Development Plan to 2020.

Recognising the importance of the project, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade to work with relevant agencies to give final conclusion on it, while requesting Bac Lieu and other ministries and agencies to coordinate with the investors to evaluate and launch the project when all necessary requirements and conditions are met.

He lauded Bac Lieu’s socio-economic performance so far, with budget collection hitting 3.2 trillion VND in 2018 thanks to local efforts to expand hi-tech shrimp farming and attract investment, especially in power area.

In the future, the PM asked Bac Lieu to design action plans to implement the Government’s resolutions on socio-economic development and business environment improvement with targets higher than those in 2018.

Bac Lieu should work harder in climate change response and design measures to prevent river bank and coastal erosion, he said.

The Government leader also advised Bac Lieu to focus on boosting shrimp sector’s growth with a goal of 1 billion USD in export revenue, along with developing tourism and services and luring more green power projects.

At the working session, the PM also responded to the province’s proposals regarding coastal erosion and flooding in national highways and the northern session of the Highway 1A.-VNA