Steering Committee for Northwestern Region completes tasks hinh anh 1Overview of the meeting (Photo: VNA)

Yen Bai (VNA) – After 13 years of operation, the Steering Committee for Northwestern Region (SCNR) has fulfilled its tasks, contributing to boosting socio-economic growth and ensuring defence-security in the region, said Nguyen Van Binh, head of the committee at a meeting on December 25.

Binh, a member of the Politburo, Secretary of the Communist Party’s Central Committee and head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission, said the SCNR has helped improve the capacity of Party committees and local governments.

The SCNR will end its operation following the 12th Party Central Committee’s Decision 18-TW dated October 25 and the Politburo’s Decision 104-QDTW dated November 28, he said.

Participants at the meeting proposed that after the SCNR’s operation ends, it is necessary to design preferential policies for Northwestern region’s development, while continue providing capital to the region to implement key development projects.

Binh asked regional localities to focus on ensuring growth targets for 2018, better managing budget collection and budget spending, while speeding up the restructuring of agricultural sector and administrative reform.

Localities should also improve ethnic and religious policies, thus maintaining national solidarity.

In 2017, gross regional development product of the region grew 8.43 percent from 2016, with per capita income of 30.75 million VND (1,356 USD), up 2.25 million VND (99 USD) compared to 2016.

The region’s State budget collection hit 36.8 trillion VND (1.62 billion USD), exceeding the yearly target by 1.1 percent. Its industrial production is estimated at 138.2 trillion VND (6.09 billion USD), up 13.6 percent over the previous year. Total investment reached 153.3 trillion VND (6.76 billion USD), up 10 percent year on year.

This year, 106 communes have been recognised as new-style rural areas, raising total recognised communes to 318.-VNA