President Truong Tan Sang had working visits to island commune of Ngoc Vung, and island district Co To to inspect socio-economic, national defence and security tasks of Quang Ninh province on July 26.

Ngoc Vung island commune, Van Don district, lies in a strategically important area in terms of national defence and fisheries logistics center. After three years of responding to a nationwide campaign on new rural development, it has met 11 out of 19 national criteria for new-style rural areas.

Besides raising annual seafood output to 1,000 tonnes, the commune is developing community-based tourism services targeting thousands of visitors.

President Sang asked local authority to further study its proposal of a special development mechanism, making it easier for agencies concerned to consider for approval.

Working with Co To local authority, the leader asked for a mechanism to develop its economy, saying that he believes Co To will become a fisheries logistics and tourism centre in the foreseeable future.

He also requested local authorities to build a strong political apparatus, ensuring sea and island sovereignty. The President also said island districts in the province should work together to build a coastline of peace and friendship for mutual benefit.

Co To has three administrative communes and over 5,000 residents living mainly on fisheries. Last year, it welcomed 56,000 visitors and is expecting to greet 100,000 this year.

In Ngoc Vung and Co To, the State leader offered incense at memorials dedicated to late President Ho Chi Minh.

During his working trip, Sang also visited Mong Duong 1 and Mong Duong 2 thermo-power plants and paid floral tributes to war heroes in Ha Long city.-VNA