Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has urged the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long to take synchronous measures to promote the building of new-style rural areas and reduce traffic accidents.

Dung made the request at a working session with the province’s key leaders on March 20 during his on-going working tour of the Mekong Delta provinces.

At the session, the Government leader spoke highly of Vinh Long’s efforts and socio-economic development achievements, especially in improving people’s living standards, reducing poverty and building new-style rural areas.

He pointed to the shortcomings the province should overcome in the coming time, such as poor transport and healthcare infrastructure, the lack of high-quality human resource, a small industrial sector, and poorly competitive farm produces.

Stressing the locality’s advantages and potential, the PM asked Vinh Long to seek active and creative ways to boost its socio-economic development, focusing on removing difficulties for business and production activities, especially in agriculture and seafood processing, as well as implementing synchronous measures to stabilise the market.

He urged the province to improve the investment environment and the investment growth quality and efficiency.

Vinh Long should focus on attracting investment to the development of industries, particularly the processing one that uses locally-available materials, and utilise all resources to successfully implement its 2013 socio-economic development goals, Dung said.

In 2012, Vinh Long recorded GDP growth of 7.82 percent and a per-capita annual income of 31.82 million VND (1,500 USD).-VNA