Prime Minister visits central province and calls on leaders to consider shifting population when conducting planning.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged officials from central Quang Ngai province to attach importance to structure planning within its long-term development planning, during a working visit on August 9.
Structure planning refers to the development of infrastructure, land planning and other matters to ensure they meet the needs of a changing population.
Chairman of the Quang Ngai Provincial People’s Committee Tran Ngoc Cang reported to the Prime Minister on the province’s growth during the first six months of 2016, which has remained stable.
Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) increased 4.4 per cent year-on-year. The industrial, services and agricultural sector all increased in value year-on-year, with industrial production rising 2.8 per cent and agricultural and fisheries 5 per cent.
As at June 30, eleven districts of the province were qualified as new-style rural areas. Provincial budget collections stood at VND8.96 trillion ($401.7 million), equal to 40.3 per cent of the annual plan. The investment and development fund has disbursed VND1.26 trillion ($56.5 million) out of the total of VND3.131 trillion ($140 billion), equal to 41.9 per cent of the annual plan.
From January to June there were 263 businesses registered in the province, bringing the total to 5,744. Quang Ngai now has 39 valid FDI projects with total registered capital of $4.1 billion, of which working capital stands at $589.5 million, or 14 per cent. Twenty-one of these projects have gone into operation, creating 10,000 jobs.
Prime Minister Phuc said the province should continue to pay attention to forestry and fisheries despite their moderate contributions to local GRDP. In terms of investment, Quang Ngai should target projects that can benefit the people, the Prime Minister said, and he urged the province to pay more heed to decentralization, urban and rural infrastructure, afforestation, and social welfare.
While highlighting the province’s strengths in the maritime economy and industrial parks, as well as its achievements in economic restructuring, Prime Minister Phuc pointed out a range of limitations, particularly in agriculture, rural areas, and poverty reduction.
Notably, Ly Son - the province’s only island district - has posted stable socioeconomic development and ensured national defense and security. But “Ly Son’s population of 20,000 in 10 sq km is far too dense,” he said. “Structure planning therefore needs to be attached to the long-term development plan as Ly Son is a potential destination for tourism.”
At a meeting during the visit, officials from a number of ministries said that although Quang Ngai has many industrial parks it still relies heavily on agriculture and the Dung Quat Oil Refinery, with the latter contributing to 82 per cent of GRDP.
According to ministry officials the province actively monitors oil price fluctuations that may affect the refinery’s performance.
Quang Ngai authorities granted investment licenses to five projects on August 10, including an urban development project of the Hoang Thinh Dat Company, an asphalt production project of South Korea’s Pields Engineering, a steam facilities manufacturing project of GE Vietnam, a leather production project of South Sea Leather Ware Vietnam, and a fiber and fabric processing project of the Freetex Elastic Fabric Factory.
In principle approval was also given to four projects, including a shipbuilding, logistics and fishery project of Company 19-5, an electrical wire production project of the Glitter & Cable Company Limited, a rural housing project of construction firm 108 Truong Thanh, and a waste treatment project of the Mien Bac Investment & Development Company. The nine projects have total registered investment capital of more than VND5 trillion ($222.2 million).