President highlights army’s key defence role Central Highlands Steering Committee sets tasks for 2012
In meetings with leaders from Gia Lai, Dak Lak and Kon Tum provinces, Sang lauded the “remarkable” socio-economic progress they gained after one year of implementing the Resolution of the 11 th National Party Congress.
He told each province, as well as the entire region, that with the potential offered by abundant land, they should plan to expand plantation areas while maintaining forest coverage for environmental protection.
At his working session with Gia Lai Province, Mr Sang was reported that the provincial economic growth rate reached 13 percent last year with a shift towards the service industry, development of zones specializing in producing cash crops and construction of processing plants.
Home to a great number of ethnic minority residents, Gia Lai has done well in improving their livelihoods, with 96 percent of minority households owning their homes, 99 percent having access to national power grid and 80 percent possessing health insurance cards by the end of last year.
The provincial leaders, however, asked for more State assistance to build houses for the needy and upgrade some dilapidated roads.
The State President asked the province to work out measures to train and use cadres who are ethnic minority people.
He toured the border commune of La Nam in Duc Co District in the same province.
There, he praised local efforts to expand production areas and actively apply scientific and technological advances to increase productivity and product quality.
He asked provincial authorities to work closely with local officials to implement poverty reduction programs.
The President also visited the mobile police regiment in the Central Highlands, Army Corps No 3 and the High Command of Army Corps No 15.
In Dak Lak province, Mr Sang visited Ea Tul Commune in Cu M’gar District and heard about the progress in building new rural areas and a joint plan between farmers and enterprises on producing high-quality coffee.
He called on a coffee grower in Ko Tam Village, Buon Ma Thuot City, who is using drip watering technology from Israel. He heard that the coffee output went up by 1.5 fold in two years after adopting of the new technology, earning the grower an additional VND 70million (US$3,300) each year.
In a meeting with the Tay Nguyen Steering Committee, President Sang learned about local land issues, forestry policies, transport development investment and economic and commercial co-operation with Laos and Cambodia.
He emphasized the need of the region to make more efforts to implement land-related policies and Party building at the local level.
In Kon Tum Province, President Sang visited several locations including the border post and residential areas.
Provincial authorities suggested that the State invest in traffic routes in the province such as the Ho Chi Minh highway and National Roads 24 and 14C.