Quang Ninh asked to better business, investment climate

15:25 | 17/10/2017 Society

Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has requested the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh continue its efforts to improve its business and investment environment to develop tourism, seaports and logistics.

Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue

At a recent meeting with provincial leaders, Hue emphasised the need for the locality to increase the quality and quantity of human resources, strengthen management over the collection and spending of the health insurance fund, and step up information technology application and connectivity among hospitals.

It is important to speed up construction of infrastructure projects, intensify State management over tourism, urban areas, land, natural resources and the environment, solve environmental pollution, and strictly punish polluters, he said.

The Deputy PM asked Quang Ninh to carry out measures to prevent goods smuggling and trade fraud and strictly punish all violations to create a healthy competitive environment and protect consumers’ interests.

He also urged the province to restructure the coal sector, solve difficulties in coal consumption and increase labour productivity.

Quang Ninh’s economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2017 is expected to reach 11.7 percent and 10.2 percent for the whole year.

To achieve growth of over 10 percent, Quang Ninh has devised numerous measures, focusing on collecting local budget funds, controlling budget spending, and reforming administrative procedures.

The locality will also work to remove difficulties for businesses and hasten the construction of infrastructure projects at industrial and economic zones and transport infrastructure facilities as well as create trust among investors and people.

In the first nine months of this year, the province gained important outcomes in various fields, with growth rising by 9.7 percent with the economic structure shifting to services.

The business investment environment and competitiveness were improved, total social investment capital increased 9.5 percent and State budget collection fulfilled 73 percent of the yearly estimate.

Quang Ninh has a coastline of more than 250 kilometers and some 2,000 islets which account for two-thirds of the total in Vietnam. The spectacular stretch of coast connects the UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay with majestic natural scenery, Bai Tu Long Bay, Van Don and Co To islands and Tra Co beach with Cat Ba National Park in the northern port city of Hai Phong.

Along with the renowned Ha Long Bay, Quan Lan, Minh Chau, Ngoc Vung, Dai beaches in Van Don island district and Tra Co and Vinh Thuc in Mong Cai city have grown in stature among tourists thanks to their breathtaking seas and coral reefs.

Under a plan for tourism development in Quang Ninh, the province hopes to become an international tourism centre and a leading tourism destination in Vietnam with modern infrastructure and diverse, competitive tourism products.

In 2016, Quang Ninh welcomed 8.3 million tourist arrivals, a year-on-year increase of seven percent, and earned over 13 trillion VND (571 million USD) in revenue, up 23 percent, according to the Quang Ninh Department of Tourism.

Theo VNA