PM proposes measures to boost Hau Giang’s socio-economic development

15:54 | 06/10/2017 Economy- Society

A range of measures to facilitate Hau Giang province’s socio-economic development were set out by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during his working session with the Mekong Delta locality’s authorities on late September 27.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the working session with Hau Giang leaders on September 27 - Credit: VGP

Speaking at the session, PM Phuc praised Hau Giang’s efforts in building several large-scale endemic agricultural areas, including high-quality rice, sugarcane, pineapple, specialty fruits and concentrated aquaculture areas, especially the building a number of product brands. The province has a number of effective household agricultural production models and is decisively moving towards modern agriculture.

The top leader also pointed out that the low-lying geographical characteristics, along with extreme weather, have caused droughts, saline intrusion, cyclones and landslides to become increasingly complex. The structure of rural labour is still large; agriculture accounts for 27.7% of the province’s economic structure but over 75% of the labour force works in agriculture and in rural areas. The number of enterprises is too small with the ratio of enterprises to local population standing at only one third.

Emphasising that there are only three months until the end of 2017, the PM asked the province to drastically direct the accomplishment of the set objectives and tasks of the year, focusing on GDP growth, budget collection and environmental indicators.

He urged the Hau Giang leaders to work with the relevant departments and units to review the responsibility of each individual and unit in order to promote production and business operations and accelerate the collection of taxes and other items.

The government leader stated that Hau Giang should strive to be a creative and dynamic province, based on its potential and comparative advantages, in which they should focus on the development of multifunctional agriculture adaptive to climate change, whilst moving towards organic and smart agriculture, with developed services and processing and supporting industries serving agriculture.

Hau Giang needs to expand its effective new cooperatives models and making it prevalent among households and units on clean and safe agricultural production standards.

The province also needs to adjust its land use planning, improve the land and fresh water use efficiency, while seeking comparative advantages, for example, building industrial clusters in order to attract investment and have space for hi-tech agriculture, along with implementing solutions to restructure the agricultural sector.

In addition, Hau Giang was asked to promote the branding and geographical indications for its key products, as well as to mobilise investment for infrastructure development and improving environmental protection.

With low indicators on the business investment environment, the PM asked the province to vigorously reform and improve its ranking and increase local attractiveness for investment.

Meanwhile, efforts are needed to reduce poverty as Hau Giang and the Mekong Delta provinces in general still have high rates of poor households, the PM added.

Theo NDO