Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Bac Ninh province's leaders (Source: VNA) 
Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has reminded the northern province of Bac Ninh to choose projects that match its plan to develop itself into a hi-tech industrial locality.

During a working session with the provincial authorities in Hanoi on October 18, Phuc mentioned challenges facing the province such as high population density, environment pollution in craft villages, insufficient and unqualified human resources, residential planning, among others.

He agreed with a proposal to build Bac Ninh into a centrally-run city and asked for the establishment of a Steering Committee responsible for drafting planning adjustments that take environment, greenery and urban development into account.

The PM stressed the need to gradually switch workforce from agriculture and services while ensuring security, safety and fighting social vices.

At the same time, craft villages, urban and rural areas should be zoned off, he said.

The Government leader agreed with a proposal to add different investment stages of Samsung Display company into a single project, adding that it must ensure that revenues to the State budget and environment hygiene remain the same.

He also gave nod to a scheme to experimentally establish a food safety management board, asking the province to take drastic actions to control food safety and thoroughly check their origin before being put on the market.

In the first nine months this year, the provincial economy expanded by 15.9 percent year-on-year with the State budget collection surpassing 13 trillion VND (577 million USD), up 40.4 percent. The industrial production value topped 628.1 trillion VND while export value rose 18.4 percent to 18.8 billion USD.

During the period, Bac Ninh lured 3.1 billion USD in foreign direct investment, and established 1,495 new businesses with a total capital of over 9.86 trillion VND.-VNA