Politburo member Le Hong Anh presents the Independence Order, first class, to Soc Trang province. ( Image: dantri.com.vn )
Soc Trang was established in 1956 and merged with Can Tho province and Can Tho city to become Hau Giang province in 1976. Later in 1991, Hau Giang was redivided into Soc Trang and Can Tho.
Since its re- establishment, Soc Trang has seen continual development with its gross domestic product (GDP) growth increasing from 20.75% in 1992 to 34.46% in 2011. Rice production in the province reached more than two million tonnes in 2011, double the figure for 1992 and over 195,000 tonnes of aquacultural products were harvested and processed the same year, which is six times more than in 1992.
The province has also made considerable progress in ensuring security and defence and improving the living conditions of local people, with the poverty rate falling from 36.7% in 1992 to 22.68% in 2011.
Speaking at the ceremony, Politburo member, Permanent member of the Party Central Committee Secretariat Le Hong Anh praised the achievements of the Soc Trang provincial Party Committee and people, urging the local authorities to promote the province's dynamic and creative spirit and exploit its potential and advantages to comprehensively and rapidly develop a sustainable economy.
The province should also focus on building a new rural lifestyle, continue reducing poverty and caring for Khmer people living in the area, while ensuring social welfare and defence, enhancing Party building and stepping up the campaign to ‘Study and Follow President Ho Chi Minh’s Moral Example’, he added.
On behalf of the Party and State, Politburo member Anh presented the Independence Order, first class, to the Party, government and people of Soc Trang province to mark the occasion.