Party chief inspects Dong Thap’s socio-economic development

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong visited the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap on April 13-14 to inspect its socio-economic performance and Party and political system building.
General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong during a working session in Dong Thap (Source: VNA)
General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong during a working session in Dong Thap (Source: VNA)
During a working session with the provincial authorities on April 14, the Party leader praised the province for gaining outstanding achievements in various fields, with a number of effective models and new practical initiatives.
He noted that economic development is a core task, Party building is a crucial task while national defence-security is a regular task.
Currently, average income per capita in Dong Thap reaches over 36 million VND, lower than the country’s average of more than VND 50 million so that the province needs to strive more, he said.
The leader called for attention to streamlining apparatus, strengthening ties with Cambodia, neighbouring and border localities to facilitate people-to-people exchange, and improving residential management.
He attached importance to Party building and rectification as well as fighting corruption, negative phenomena and wastefulness.
The Party chief suggested devising specific goals and breakthrough measures between now and 2020.
The provincial authorities proposed State funding for transport infrastructure, including Cao Lanh – My An and An Huu – Cao Lanh sections.
They also asked for refining regulations on extending land quota and switch to goods-based agricultural economy.
Dong Thap is one of the three localities to be chosen to pilot agricultural restructuring. After three years, local farmers and firms have gradually switched agricultural production to agricultural economy, towards building a farm produce chain that meets market demand. A number of high-tech farming models have been launched.
The province now ranks first nationwide in terms of tra fish output and third in rice production, and becomes a key hub of fruits in the region, with many being exported to demanding markets such as the US, Japan, the UK and Australia.
Community and agricultural tourism have also contributed to increasing value of farming sector and farmers’ income.
Dong Thap also leads the region in labour export with thousands of young workers landing jobs overseas, bringing home trillions of VND. They are also behind a number of start-up projects.
The locality is now home to 45 club houses with nearly 2,000 members with an aim to inspire farmers’ innovation in the spirit of self-control and mutual support.
In the morning the same day, General Secretary Trong offered incense and flowers at a relic site dedicated to Nguyen Sinh Sac – father of President Ho Chi Minh in Cao Lanh city.
Earlier on April 13, at a working session on April 13 with authorities of Tan Thuan Tay commune which was recognised as new-style rural area in late 2017, the Party chief lauded local authorities and people for their achievements over the past years.
He wished that they would continue staying united to deal with emerging issues and reap new successes.
Later, he visited Tam Que club-house, one of the two operating in the community model. Last month, it formed an organic mango farming group to bring practical benefits to local residents, which was lauded by the Party chief as effective and should be expanded to other localities.
On the occasion, he presented gifts to several outstanding households in the commune.

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