The province’s leaders are determined to strengthen Ninh Binh’s sustainable socio-economic development
How will Ninh Binh province maintain the growth it has achieved over the last two decades and secure its development targets for 2015-2020?
Based on the past two decades of reestablishment and growth, paving the way for Ninh Binh to grow from a purely agricultural economy into a fairly developed industrial locality and one of the major tourism destinations in the country, the province’s 20th Party Resolution lays out development objectives for 2015-2020.
These are to improve governance capacity and efficiency of the Party and local authorities at all levels, bringing forth the strength of national solidarity, maintaining high and stable economic growth, accelerating the tourism-based economy, concentrating diverse resources into renewing countryside growth models and strongly developing culture and education. This will ensure social order, political security and turn Ninh Binh into a relatively developed locality in the Red River Delta.
| Bui Van Nam |
Ninh Binh Provincial Party Committee Secretary
The following three tasks are considered key pillars in ensuring the success of these goals:
First, it is vital to foster human resource training, particularly quality labour for industrial production and the tourism sector. We need to quickly boost the number of trained labourers and skilled technical workers to ensure improvements in the workforce structure.
Second, diverse resources must be concentrated into perfecting infrastructure network at industrial clusters and groups and pivotal tourism sites and into implementing projects on industrial production using high-tech and green technologies to boost product added value.
We also need to develop quality tourism projects, gradually turning the tourism sector into the province’s spearhead industry. Constant efforts must be geared towards perfecting the infrastructure system with priority given to transport infrastructure, irrigation, urban, water supply and sewer systems, thus directing resources into renewing countryside growth models.
Third, it is important to promote ‘renewal thinking’ and reform management methods to accelerate the pace of administrative reforms in diverse socio-economic fields.
Ninh Binh is known as an attractive location to domestic and foreign investors. Could you shed some light on the province’s competitive potential in terms of attracting investors? What is the province doing to mobilise investment sources?
Ninh Binh is blessed with copious natural resources and rich tourism potential. The province accommodates a compelling business environment. Our province was named among Vietnam’s top investment locations in the Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI) in 2010, due reward for the local authorities’ constant efforts to walk in step with the business community in the past years. So far, the local authorities have put into place a one-stop shop mechanism in handling administrative procedures and settled enterprises’ problems with clear and transparent procedures, ensuring a level- playing field for enterprises of all economic sectors doing business in the province.
Since economic restructuring is a focal task of the country with the emphasis placed on investment restructuring and public investment, non-state budget capital is crucial. This ensures accomplishment of our set socio-economic development targets.
In the coming period, the province is set to woo investment for priority projects not sourcing state budget capital and attract capable investors and large high-tech projects with the potential to push forward the development of diverse business sectors and create positive benefits both economically and socially.
Major solutions will cover perfecting infrastructure at industrial zones and tourism sites, facilitating investment under diverse models such as build-operate-transfer (BOT), build-transfer-operate (BTO), build-transfer (BT) and public private partnership (PPP). In respect to attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), priority will be given to attract potential business groups globally and joining efforts with other localities in hosting FDI promotion activities at home and abroad.
Investors will benefit from our simpler administrative procedures to get their business going smoothly.
Reforming the countryside is one of the country’s pillar socio-economic development policies. How is this programme playing out in Ninh Binh?
At the outset, the province enacted a specific resolution and set up steering committees. The provincial Party Committee has enacted a specific resolution, while the provincial people’s committee presented a plan on building a new countryside growth model to 2015 with a vision towards 2020. Half of the provincial communes have their countryside reforming plans approved. All model communes have had their plans ratified and have begun to take further steps.
In our province, the provincial Party Committee enacted the resolution on building a new countryside model and established a relevant steering committee led by the provincial people’s committee chairman. The movement on building new countryside model is launched on a synchronous basis throughout the province, in the near term focusing on 25 model communes in seven out of eight districts, towns and cities. To ensure efficiency, from the onset, the province has raised diverse capital sources for the programme to gradually realise 19 new countryside development indexes.
Can you tell about the province’s efforts to ensure the success of the 11th Vietnam Central Party Congress Resolution, particularly the resolution of the Central Party Committee’s fourth meeting on breakthroughs in the province?
From mid 2011, the provincial Party Committee guided the local authorities to consistently carry out the 11th Party Congress Resolution, primarily in Party, state, Fatherland and other social and political organisations. Therefore, they have taken the initiative in working out action programmes and launching extensive communication campaigns to ensure the success of the Central Party’s set targets.
In light of Instruction 15-CT/TW dated February 27, 2012 of the Politburo, the provincial Party Committee has outlined concrete steps to materialise a set of solutions focusing on three urgent issues. These include (i) preventing and pushing back degradation in ideology, morality and lifestyle of a group of state officials, party members and state management staff, (ii) building up qualified managerial staff to satisfy the diverse needs of industrialisation, modernisation and international integration and (iii) clearly defining the competencies and responsibilities of heads of the party organisations and local authorities.
The 20-year anniversary of the province’s re-establishment and the five-year foundation anniversary of Ninh Binh city is an ideal opportunity for the party and the people in the province to foster ties to create a driving force for successful accomplishment of the province’s 20th Party Resolution and 11th Vietnam Central Party Congress Resolution. I believe that this will pave the way to turn Ninh Binh into a relatively developed locality in the Red River Delta as set out in our province’s 20th Party Resolution.