Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh speaks at the working session (Source: VNA)
 
Thai Binh (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh has asked leaders of the Red River Delta province of Thai Binh to take measures to effectively implement its socio-economic development plan in 2018.

In a working session with local officials as part of his visit to Thai Binh on December 21, Binh called for more efforts to restructure agricultural production along with stepping up the application of scientific advances and bio-technologies, and ensuring clean production and sustainable development.

Attention should also be paid to expanding the new-style rural area building programme and encouraging enterprises to invest in the field, he stressed.

The Deputy PM urged local authorities to focus on fine-tuning the business environment, improving competitiveness and simplifying administrative procedures to attract more enterprises to the province.

It is necessary to support the development of private and small-and-medium sized enterprises, he said, adding that initiatives should also be devised to enhance the efficiency of State-owned enterprises.

According to Nguyen Hong Dien, Vice Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, the province’s gross regional domestic product (GRDP) and production value in 2017 surged by 11 percent and 13.15 percent, respectively, compared to 2016. Budget collection reached 13.8 trillion VND (608 million USD), 40 percent above the target.

The province also made progress in building new-style rural areas in the year, with an additional 19 communes meeting all new-style rural area criteria, lifting the total number of new-style rural communes to 205, equivalent to 78 percent. Residents in all communes and wards have access to clean water.

Local officials recommended the Government approve a project to build Thai Binh economic zone, while asking for State investment to build infrastructure systems, especially transport infrastructure, contributing to creating momentum for stronger development.-VNA