18:07 | 27/05/2015 Economy- Society
(VEN) - Da Nang ranked first in terms of the provincial competitiveness index (PCI) in 2014. This was the fifth time Da Nang headed the PCI ranking and marked a second consecutive year at the top.
Da Nang’s authorities choose 2014 as the Year of Enterprise and this program paid pidends. The city government had a series of practical activities to create a favorable environment for businesses such as promoting administrative procedure reform, supporting ground rents for trade and production activities, facilitating access to financial resources, actively organizing dialogues and helping overcome difficulties for the business community. In particular, the success of Da Nang in 2014 was based on the consensus between the people and local government and between the government and enterprises. The most significant changes in infrastructure, especially in industrial zones, roads, public services (telecommunications and energy) and information technology have been highly appreciated and are seen as the dream of many other provinces throughout the country.
In the 18 years since becoming a city, thanks to determination, consensus and aspiration, Da Nang has become the most lifestyle-friendly city in Vietnam and the first smart city in the Southeast Asia. In particular, infrastructure has created a breakthrough for local socioeconomic development.
The symbol of the central city of Da Nang is the Han River Bridge, the first swing-bridge in Vietnam. The bridge was completed after three years of construction and has contributed to accelerating economic development in the eastern region of the Han River. In addition, the Cam Le, Hoa Xuan and Tuyen Son bridges over the Han River were also completed. In particular, the cable-stayed Thuan Phuoc Bridge near Tien Sa Port was put into use in March 2009, then the Dragon Bridge, the longest steel bridge in Vietnam was inaugurated in 2013. Da Nang also inaugurated a three-level rail and road flyover at the Hue Junction in March this year. These bridges have also created a breakthrough in local socioeconomic development.
Thanks to the construction of these bridges, new residential areas, villas and luxury resorts have been born, turning Son Tra and Ngu Hanh Son into livable areas. In particular, more than 60 tourism projects and million-dollar resorts have been built on the Hoang Sa Road that runs along the coastal line.
Da Nang City People’s Committee Chairman Huynh Duc Tho said, “Promoting administrative reform is the key in improving the governmental system. City leaders should see administrative reform as an ongoing task.”
According to a review conference on implementing administrative reforms, 899 procedures with 392,649 administrative records have been done faster, contributing to saving 312,063 working days for citizens and organizations. Regarding businesses, state management agencies and units, 147 procedures with 26,564 administrative records have been implemented, saving 28,022 working days for businesses. The efforts made to implement administrative reform have helped Da Nang rank first in the PCI ranking for many times.
City leaders said that the success of Da Nang needed to be attributed to the consensus between the people and local government. To change the face of the central city of Da Nang, hundreds of thousands of households were moved to new locations to make room for buildings and major projects. They also said that local government needed to stay on the side of the people.
Da Nang City People’s Committee approved the project on the city’s economic restructuring by 2020 on April 15. Following the approval, services, industry-construction and agriculture will account for 62-65 percent, 35-37 percent and 1-3 percent of the proportion, respectively. In addition, Da Nang will focus on developing tourism, trade, telecommunications, transport, logistics, education and training and health care, prioritizing the exploitation of key export markets such as the US, Japan, China, the EU, ASEAN and Australia and expanding relations with Russia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
By Tran Minh Tich