Gia Lai province to focus on national unity

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Gia Lai province to focus on national unity

Party leader Nong Duc Manh and delegates at the congress

The Party Committee of the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai should see national unity as a life and death issue, a force to fight various kinds of enemies, including poverty, and a decisive factor for stability and sustainable growth in the Central Highlands, said the Party Chief.

Addressing the provincial Party Committee’s 14th congress in Pleiku city on October 4, Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh said the provincial party committee should, in its 2010-15 term, constantly care for the material and spiritual life of people of all walks of life in the locality, especially ethnic minority people and those living in the former revolutionary bases.

He urged the committee to continue to strengthen its leadership and the combat capacity of its grassroots cells, as well as political systems to promptly deal with local issues.

“Gia Lai needs to make the best use of its advantages in terms of geographical location, roads, air routes, and natural conditions favourable for growing large-scale crops, tourism, and handicraft industries, to create a breakthrough in development in the future and become a socio-economic centre in the Central Highlands northern area,” Party chief Manh said.

He also advised the locality to work harder to attract investment from all economic sectors inside and outside the country into industrial and service sectors, as it still has a small economy with low per capita income, under-developed infrastructure, and a high proportion of poor households, which have been seen clearly in rural areas and areas inhabited by ethnic minorities.

In its political report, the provincial Party Committee reported that Gia Lai posted an annual economic growth of 13.6% on average in the past five years, ranking among the country’s top 15 provinces in terms of GDP growth rate.

Only 10.8% of the locality’s households remain poor while 99% of ethnic minority households have been helped to settle down. Per capita income of local people in 2010 tripled that in 2005. (VNA)

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