Government leader urges rapid industrialisation in Thanh Hoa province

Sunday, 2018-12-23 21:08:13
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaking at the working session (Photo: VGP)
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NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had a working session with officials of Thanh Hoa on December 23, asking the north central province to carry out industrialisation faster to contribute more to national development.

Local officials reported that in 2018, Thanh Hoa recorded the gross regional domestic product (GRDP) of 15.16%, the fastest-ever pace, with industry and construction making up the biggest proportion in its economy – 44%. Per capita income is estimated at US$1,999, up 1.3-fold from 2015.

With big investments in infrastructure, the province has enjoyed breakthroughs in tourism. It welcomed about 8.25 million tourist arrivals, including 230,000 foreigners, and earned over VND10.6 trillion (US$453.7 million) from the sector this year. That has helped the visitor number and tourism revenue respectively increase by 14.3% and 27% annually.

Meanwhile, budget revenue rises by about 12.3% each year, reaching some VND23.5 trillion (US$1 billion) in 2018 – up 2.1 times from 2015.

PM Phuc said Thanh Hoa has developed rather comprehensively over the last three years. He lauded efforts by provincial authorities and relevant ministries and sectors to put the Nghi Son refinery and petrochemical complex, worth US$9 billion, into commercial operation.

He also pointed out that local growth has yet to match potential, and the number of big enterprises investing here is still modest.

The most important solution is enhancing unity among authorities and the public since this is the source of strength, he noted.

Aside from accelerating industrialisation, the PM also requested Thanh Hoa develop important infrastructure systems while expanding forest coverage in western areas and applying science-technology in agriculture.

Stressing the decisive role of human resources, he said if over 2 million people of working age in the province are well trained, they will become a great driving force of development.

The Government leader also told Thanh Hoa to improve the investment climate, noting that this is an “easier said than done” issue. Additionally, it needs to ensure people will be the biggest beneficiary of investment attraction.

The province has rich culture and history as well as a strategic economic location, which is the great potential that local administration and residents must capitalise on to boost development, PM Phuc added.