The northern province of Quang Ninh has paid much attention to transport infrastructure investment, which is pinpointed as a major local policy to spur its socio-economic growth.

As part of “two corridors, one belt” economic cooperation between Vietnam and China, and Pan-Tonkin Gulf economic cooperation, the locality plans to pour money into building and upgrading facilities such as airports, seaports, railways and highways.

Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Van Doc said his province is mobilising all capital sources besides the local budget to promote investment in the field under the modes of BT (Build-Transfer), BOT (Build-Operation-Transfer) and PPP (Public-Private Partnership).

The province and the Ministry of Transport have implemented many transport projects by these means, including the road connecting Ha Long city with Bach Dang Bridge, which is expected to start construction by the end of this year.

Local authorities are appealing for foreign investors in the construction of Van Don Airport and the Ha Long-Van Don-Mong Cai highway, and at the same time asking the Government to expand and upgrade some sections of highway.

They have also created a healthy environment for transport service providers to compete, and encouraged local people to use public transport, helping reduce traffic jams and accidents.

Home to over 500 scenic, cultural and historical sites, including the World Natural Heritage Ha Long Bay, the province is in a great position to develop its tourism services, especially the entertainment industry.

The province welcomed over seven million tourists last year, including more than 2.4 million foreign arrivals thanks to transport development.-VNA