Thanh Hoa urged to play part in northern development quadrangle hinh anh 1Politburo member and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan speaks at the opening of the 19th Party Congress of Thanh  Hoa province. (Photo: VNA)

Thanh Hoa (VNA) -
Thanh Hoa province should roll out concerted solutions to soon become a new growth pole, together with Hanoi, Hai Phong, and Quang Ninh forming a development quadrangle in the north, Politburo member and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said on October 27.

Addressing the opening of the 19th provincial Party Congress, which brought together 448 delegates from across the locality, she also urged Thanh Hoa to step up connectivity and cooperation with other localities in the north-central region and Hanoi, especially in investment and trade promotion.

Economic restructuring should be conducted in tandem with growth model reform, Ngan said, suggesting Thanh Hoa expand the scale of industries where it possesses strengths and turn itself into a major centre of energy and processing and manufacturing in the region and the country as a whole.

It should attract investments to new industrial and high-tech sectors to create new momentum for the local economy, encourage the development of supporting industries, and promote sectoral connectivity, particularly between industry and services.

She asked the locality to further improve the local business environment and provincial competitiveness in order to maximise resources for development.

The official said the provincial Party organisation needs to work harder to improve people’s material and spiritual lives, while paying more attention to Party building.

It was reported at the function that Thanh Hoa’s gross regional domestic product (GRDP) grew 12.1 percent during the 2016-2020 period; a 1.5-fold increase against 2011-2015.

Its economic scale ranks eighth nationwide and first in the central region, while its budget contributions are the 11th highest in the country.

Thanh Hoa is among the leading localities nationwide in new-style rural area building, with 65.75 percent of communes earning the status.

During the 2020-2025 tenure, the provincial Party organisation will focus its leadership on agricultural development and new-style rural area building, the development of the Nghi Son economic zone and industrial parks, tourism development, improvement to cultural, educational, and healthcare quality, socio-economic development in mountainous areas, and improvement to the leadership and combat capacity of Party units.

At the same time, it aims to make breakthroughs in infrastructure construction, administrative reform, and technological research, application, and transfer. The province will also actively engage in Industry 4.0 to boost socio-economic development quickly and sustainably./.