A senior official from the central province of Thanh Hoa- which was leading the the rest of the country in terms of foreign direct investment attraction as of August 20 - has called for more investment.

Deputy Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Dinh Xung made the call while talking with local businesses in the province on October 5 to mark Vietnamese Entrepreneurs’ Day (Oct. 13).

He stated that the province’s Thanh Hoa city will soon inaugurate Nghi Son oil refinery, which will offer opportunities for local enterprises.

In January-September, Thanh Hoa enjoyed economic growth of 10.1 percent, double the national average. Agriculture-forestry-fisheries earned nearly 5.5 trillion VND (26.1 million USD), up 3.6 percent year on year.

This year’s exports are expected to hit 688 million USD, up 27.1 percent.

On the occasion of Entrepreneurs’ Day, former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Huy Ngo presented awards to business people who have rendered their services to the nation’s development in 2013.

He also launched a fund raising drive in support of victims of the recent tropical storm Wutip.

During this year, Thanh Hoa’s businesses have raised tens of billions of dong for war heroes and their relatives.-VNA