Prime Minister works with Bac Ninh province on economic development

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has reminded the northern province of Bac Ninh to choose projects that match its plan to develop itself into a hi-tech industrial province.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Bac Ninh leaders
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Bac Ninh leaders

During a working session with the provincial authorities in Hanoi on October 18, Phuc mentioned challenges facing the province such as high population density, pollution in craft villages, insufficient and unqualified human resources, residential planning, among others.

He agreed with a proposal to upgrade Bac Ninh into a centrally-run city and asked for the establishment of a Steering Committee which is responsible for drafting planning adjustments which takes environment, greenery and urban development into account.

The PM stressed the need to gradually switch workforce from agriculture and services while ensuring security, safety and fighting social vices.

At the same time, craft villages, urban and rural areas should be zoned off, he said.

The Government leader agreed with a proposal to add different investment stages of Samsung Display company, into a single project, adding that it must ensure that revenues to the State budget and environmental protection remain the same.

He also gave a nod to a scheme to experimentally establish a food safety management board, asking the province to take drastic actions to control food safety and thoroughly check their origin before being put on the market.

In the first nine months this year, the provincial economy expanded by 15.9% year-on-year with the State budget collection surpassing VND13 trillion (US$577 million), up 40.4%.
The industrial production value topped VND628.1 trillion while export value rose 18.4% to US$18.8 billion.

During the period, Bac Ninh attracted US$3.1 billion in foreign direct investment, and established 1,495 new businesses with a total capital of over VND9.86 trillion.