State President Truong Tan Sang; Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC) and Head of the CPVCC Commission for Organisation, To Huy Rua; Secretary of the CPVCC, Head of the CPVCC Commission for Communication and Education, Dinh The Huynh; and Secretary of the CPVCC, Head of the CPVCC Commission for Mass Mobilisation, Ha Thi Khiet, sent congratulatory flower baskets.
Bac Ninh province was established in 1832 under the reign of King Minh Mang. In 1962, it merged with Bac Giang province into Ha Bac province, then was separated and re-established as Bac Ninh province in 1997.
Since its re-establishment, Bac Ninh has obtained significant socio-economic achievements. Its annual economic growth rate stood at 14.1% in 2011 and per capita income reached US$2,130, 108 times higher than in 1997. The province attracted 317 foreign direct investment projects worth a total of nearly US$4 billion.
The number of poor households has been reduced to 5.8% and its intangible cultural heritage has been preserved and promoted, particularly ‘Quan Ho’ (love duet) singing, which was recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of mankind.
Speaking at the celebration, Vice President Doan praised Bac Ninh’s achievements it has obtained in many fields over the past 15 years.
She also said that Bac Ninh should continue focusing on speeding up infrastructure development and building new rural areas.
The Vice President urged the province to tackle urgent environmental issues, combine economic growth with cultural development and maintain political stability, as well as strengthen national defence and security, and guarantee social order and safety.
She also asked the northern province to pay attention to Party building, develop its Party’s leadership capacity and the strength of grassroots Party organisations, and improve the implementation of the Party Central Committee 4th Plenum, 11th tenure Resolution.
On the occasion, Vice President Doan presented Bac Ninh province with the Ho Chi Minh Order, the Party and State’s highest honour.