Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made this statement during his two-day working visit to the central province of Binh Dinh from January 31-February 1.
PM Dung worked with key provincial leaders on ways to implement 2012 socio-economic tasks and iron out snags for businesses to promote sustainable development.
Chairman of the Binh Dinh provincial People’s Committee Le Huu Loc said the province made great strides in economic growth, healthcare, culture and social security in 2011. Its GDP rose 10.3 percent, the number of poor households dropped to 14.31 percent and 24,000 new jobs were created.
In 2012, Binh Dinh aims to maintain a GDP growth rate of 11 percent, generate 25,000 new jobs, further train 40 percent of its workers and reduce the number of poor households by two percent compared to the previous year. It also aims to have 95.6 percent of its medical centres staffed with qualified doctors and increase forest coverage to 46.7 percent.
This year, the province is determined to boost production and increase the productivity, quality and efficiency of the local economy and give priority to curbing inflation, stabilizing the macroeconomy and ensuring social welfare, national defense and security, Mr Loc added.
In his speech, the PM praised the great efforts the Party, administration and people of Binh Dinh made in the last year to obtain good results in all fields, especially agricultural production, which achieved relatively high growth of 4.5 percent.
However, Mr Dung pointed out weaknesses that need to be resolved such as the high percentage of poor households, small economic scale, limited investment and ineffective administrative reforms.
PM Dung asked provincial leaders to accept more responsibility and persist with implementing Government Resolution 11, remove difficulties facing agricultural production and seafood sectors, and support business operations.
The province needs to come up with solutions to control traffic and reduce the number of accidents, enhance administrative reform, and reduce poverty, in addition to adjusting socio-economic planning, supporting essential infrastructure projects, and attracting more investment.
During his visit, PM Dung, along with former Party General Secretary Le Kha Phieu and their accompanying Government delegation visited Regiment 940 and division 372 stationed in the province and offered incense at the Quang Trung Museum in Tay Son district.