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PM: Soc Trang should work out proper measures to fulfill growth targets

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang to work out proper measures to fulfill its set growth targets, especially gross domestic product (GDP) and provincial competitiveness index (PCI).

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (standing) speaks at the working session with leaders of Soc Trang province (Photo: VNA)

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (standing) speaks at the working session with leaders of Soc Trang province (Photo: VNA)

PM Phuc made the request at a working session with provincial leaders on June 19 after attending the investment promotion conference in Soc Trang.
A reported delivered at the working session showed that in the first six months of 2018, Soc Trang collected VNA2 trillion ($88 million) for the State budget, equal to 55 percent of the estimates. However, the province’s economic growth only reached 6.11 percent, lower than the figure of 6.47 percent recorded in the same period last year.
In recent years, the province has carried out a number of projects on agricultural production with high-yielding rice varieties and large-scale dairy cows.
Particularly, Soc Trang reported the highest output of brackish water shrimps in the country.
PM Phuc recognised Soc Trang’s achievements gained over the past time and noted that the province is encountering an array of difficulties in terms of credit capital, environment, and production connectivity and other social issues, which need to be addressed in the time to come.
The province needs to make greater efforts to improve its investment climate and develop urban areas towards bettering the residential planning scheme in association with adapting to climate change, he said.
Stepping up the building of new-style rural areas and improving the living environment for people are also major tasks of the province, he said.
He suggested Soc Trang develop Tran De port to serve socio-economic development of the province and the whole Mekong Delta as well.
The PM reminded the province to not neglect the maintenance of political security and social order and safety. It is necessary to enhance legal knowledge for local residents and raise high vigilance over the incitement of hostile forces, while promoting solidarity among ethnic groups in the province, he said.
Soc Trang should pay more attention to supporting start-ups, particularly young generations, PM Phuc recommended.
During his working visit to Soc Trang, PM Phuc visited a hi-tech shrimp breeding area of Khanh Sung Co., Ltd. in Lieu Tu commune, Tran De district.

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