Quang Ninh targets to become dynamic development hub in North Vietnam hinh anh 1Quang Ninh's Van Don economic zone (Photo: VNA)

Quang Ninh (VNA) – The northern coastal province of Quang Ninh has set a goal to have modern industry and service sectors and become one of the region’s comprehensive and dynamic development hubs by 2025.

The goal is part of growth targets of the province for 2020 – 2025, which outlined in the resolution of the recent 15th Party congress of the province, which took place from September 25 – 27. The other goals included building strong and transparent Party and political apparatus; promoting unity, democracy, discipline, and innovation; mobilizing concerted efforts for sustainable socio-economic development; and ensuring defence and security.

Regarding economic growth, the province aims to increase its gross regional domestic product (GRDP) by 10 percent on an annual average during the period, and the per capita GRDP to over 10,000 USD by 2025. The urbanisation rate is expected to surpass 75 percent, while the rate of poor households to go down to below 1 percent. Quang Ninh will work to maintain its leading position nationwide concerning the provincial competitive index (PCI), public administration reform (PAR) index, Satisfaction Index of Public Administration Services (SIPAS), and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI). By the end of 2030, the province targets to complete the new-style rural building task.

To realise such goals, apart from Party building work, Quang Ninh will implement socio-economic development solutions, which include restructuring the local economy with step-by-step development of the digital economy and developing services and tourism to make it a spearheaded sector.

Quang Ninh will focus on increasing the proportion of processing – manufacturing industry in its economic structure, industries applying high-tech environmentally friendly technologies and smart industries with high value added. The development of economic zones, coastal industrial industrial parks, as well as coastal urban areas and economic corridors are also prioritised.

The province will spare no effort to diverse investment forms, accelerate growth speed, and complete its synchronised infrastructure. Specifically, resources will be focused on completing the Van Don – Mong Cai highway in 2021, the Ha Long-Cam Pha coastal route, the Cua Luc No 1,2 and 3 and other key infrastructure works in Ha Long city. The province will work with the northern coastal city of Hai Phong to get the Rung and Lai Xuan bridges projects to be done as soon as possible.

The congress identified three strategic breakthroughs of the province in the period. They are developing high quality human resources in association with increasing population scale and quality; speeding up the development of synchronised and modern strategic infrastructure; and promoting the local cultural identities while shortening income gaps.

Concluding the congress, the re-elected Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Nguyen Xuan Ky highlighted such important factors to the local sustainable and fast growth in the future as strong and transparent Party and political apparatus, anti-corruption work, loss of public asset prevention, and solidarity within the community.

Quang Ninh targets to become dynamic development hub in North Vietnam hinh anh 2Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Nguyen Xuan Ky speaks at the province's Party Congress (Photo: VNA)

Quang Ninh is viewed as a strategic destination in northern Vietnam and an important link in the northern economic growth triangle of Hanoi - Hai Phong - Quang Ninh.

The province possesses major advantages from Van Don district planning to become a multi-sectoral maritime economic zone and entertainment centre with a casino and high-end sea-island tourism and services. It is also a gateway for international trade, creating unique, modern, and high-quality products that are internationally competitive.

Over the past five years, Quang Ninh has experienced high and sustainable growth, with an average annual growth rate of 10.7 percent. Average GRDP per capita is estimated at 6,700 USD in 2020, two times higher than the country’s average figure.

It topped the PCI rankings for the third year in a row in 2019, according to the PCI 2019 report from the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

In addition to the PCI, Quang Ninh also led the country in the PAR Index for three consecutive years, in 2017, 2018, and 2019. The province has also been among the best performers in the SIPAS for many years and rose to the top in 2019.

It has also made great strides forward in improving governance and public administration capacity, moving from 62nd place in 2016 to third last year in Vietnam’s PAPI./.