President meets former officials of Quang Nam hinh anh 1President Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the event. (Photo: VNA)

Quang Nam (VNA) President Nguyen Xuan Phuc met former officials of the central province of Quang Nam on December 28 on the occasion of the 550th year of the name Quang Nam and the 25th anniversary of the province's reestablishment.

Speaking at the event, the President hailed Quang Nam for becoming one of the 14 localities contributing to the State budget for years from its humble beginning as one of the poorest provinces in the country.

He said the province has chosen the right path and the right method for development, with a focus on industry, especially support and mechanical engineering industries; tourism services and agriculture.

President meets former officials of Quang Nam hinh anh 2President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (second, right) at the event (Photo: VNA)

Phuc asked Quang Nam to continue developing a synchronous infrastructure in service of socio-economic development, particularly airports and large-scale seaports, attracting investment to Chu Lai Open Economic Zone, as well as working closely with Da Nang, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh and Khanh Hoa for development.

As scheduled, a ceremony marking the occasion will be held in the evening the same day. In 1471, King Le Thanh Tong set up the 13th administrative units of Dai Viet with the name Quang Nam Thua Tuyen Dao, which comprised of the present Da Nang city, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh provinces. The name Quang Nam means expanding to the south.

Since its re-establishment in 1997,  Quang Nam’s economic growth has reached 9 percent annually on average, helping the local economy expand by more than 40 times. Tourism has seen rapid development. In 2019, the province welcomed nearly 8 million visitors, including 4.5 million foreigners. Its world cultural heritages Hoi An ancient town and My Son Sanctuary together with world biosphere reserve Cu Lao Cham have become regional and national key tourist destinations./.