Quang Ninh urged to foster rapid, sustainable development hinh anh 1The opening ceremony of the Quang Ninh province’s 14th Party Congress (Source: VNA)

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung has asked authorities of the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh to promote sea-based economy, mining industry and tourism development towards rapidly and sustainably promoting its socio-economic development.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the province’s 14th Party Congress in the 2015-2020 tenure on October 13 in Ha Long city, the NA Chairman praised recent efforts by the provincial Party organisation to reach important and comprehensive achievements in all fields, but especially in socio-economic development.

He also pointed out shortcomings that Quang Ninh should focus on resolving, citing that the locality’s socio-economic development has yet to match its potential and strengths, infrastructure facilities have yet to meet development demand, high-quality human resources are insufficient, and the wealth gap is still substantial.

Concurring with the strong determination of the provincial Party organisation, NA Chairman Hung urged the local authorities to fully tap its advantages in natural resources and landscapes to realise its development targets.

He stressed the need for Quang Ninh to pay attention to building brands for local tourism products in order to turn tourism into a spearhead economic sector and ultimately hold a significant proportion of the locality’s economic structure.

NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung hoped that the Congress would promote democracy in selecting appropriate candidates for the new provincial Party Committee, thus leading the provincial Party organisation and local residents to successfully implement the Resolution of the provincial Party Committee’s 14th Congress.

The political report of the provincial 13 th Party Committee highlighted that the province’s socio-economic situation developed stably and comprehensively in 2012-2015 with emphasis on implementing strategic breakthroughs and sustainability-oriented economic structure readjustments.

The province’s economic growth maintained high levels compared to the nation’s average level. Its GDP increased 9.2 percent per year and GDP per capita reached 3,900 USD, 1.76 times more than those of 2010.

The locality has traditionally been one of the leading localities in State budget collection, reaching 159.3 trillion VND in 2011-2015, 2.2 times higher than the figures in 2006-2010. The household poverty rate reduced to only 1.55 percent in 2015 from 7.68 percent five years earlier.-VNA